Top Observed Species on iNaturalist: Which ones have you not seen?

Might be an interesting topic, if you go to “Explore” on iNat and click the “Species” section, you can view the global totals of all species in the world. Out of the top species observed, which ones have you not seen? Example I have not seen the following species in the top 50 most observed iNat species:

Monarch (Danaus plexippus) – 3rd overall
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) – 13th overall
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) – 27th overall
American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus) – 30th overall
Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) – 35th overall
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) – 36th overall
Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) 46th overall
Creosote Brush (Larrea tridentata) 47th overall
Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis) 49th overall

Or in summary, I’ve seen 41/50. What have you not seen?

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Not seen ever, or not observed on iNat?

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Either or. I personally did not-observed-on-iNat becuase I’ve seen Monarchs before, just never photographed them because it was when I was kid.

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Well, it’s hard if you have never been to NA. But I’ll post them anyway, so it would be easy to compare in the future.
Monarch – 3rd overall
Great Blue Heron – 4th overall
American Robin – 5th overall
Canada Goose – 7th overall (seen semi-wild only)
White-tailed Deer – 8th overall
Red-tailed Hawk – 9th overall
Eastern Gray Squirrel – 11th overall
Northern Cardinal – 13th overall
House Finch – 14th overall
Western Fence Lizard – 17th overall
Mourning Dove – 18th overall
Red-winged Blackbird – 20th overall
Turkey Vulture – 22nd overall
Northern Mockingbird – 23th overall
Common Slider – 25th overall
Song Sparrow – 26th overall
American Toad – 30th overall
Yellow-rumped Warbler – 31th overall
Mule Deer – 33th overall
Common Garter Snake – 34th overall
Blue Dasher – 35th overall
Poison Ivy – 36th overall
Fox Squirrel – 37th overall
Dark-eyed Junco – 38th overall
Bald Eagle – 39th overall
Common Raccoon – 41st overall
Snowy Egret – 43th overall
Common Milkweed – 44th overall
Double-crested Cormorant – 45th overall
Eastern Pondhawk – 46th overall
Creosote Bush – 47th overall
Wild Turkey – 48th overall
Bombus impatiens – 49th overall
Green Anole – 50th overall

I’ve seen 16/50

For Eurasia I’ve seen all 50/50. And stop at №60 Podarcis muralis, №86 Digitalis purpurea №94 Acer pseudoplatanus as I never was in places where they occur in the wild (though last one I probably saw today), first species I’m guilty of not seeing is №106 Capreolus capreolus.

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None, except for Garlic Mustard and Poison Ivy. Almost all species are American, so the question has to be formulated for American inatters only :-)

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Oo that’s an interesting one! There definitely is some geographic bias in this (as to be expected) so would be interesting to do it for your local regions as well!

Global 47/50, missing just
Eastern Grey Squirrel (maybe, 11th), Western Fence Lizard (17th), and Cabbage Butterfly (maybe, 40th)

Aotearoa NZ 48-50/50, unsure if I’ve seen Knobbled Orbweaver (41st) and Nurseryweb Spider (46th), but they are common and seem familiar

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Or you can do like @melodi_96 and @intyrely_eco did (for Eurasia and New Zealand, respectively), and add a location filter, so you can post your local list instead of just the global one. :grin:

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For the world, I am missing
17. Western Fence Lizard
30. American Toad
31. Yellow rumped warbler
32. Seven spotted Lady Beetle
34. Common Garter Snake
37. Fox Squirrel
47. Creosote Bush
48. Wild Turkey
49. Green Anole
So 41/50

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For my location (Long Island), I am missing
55. Brant
57. Fall Webworm Moth
93. White Throated Sparrow
So 97/100 for my location

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7/50

Dandelion
European Starling
Feral Pigeon
Painted Lady
House Sparrow
White Clover, and
The Western Honey Bee

from South Africa

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An interesting topic, thank you, @birdwhisperer! I’ve lived in many parts of North America, so I’ve seen all of the top 50 (and all but a few of the top 100). You have to go down quite a way before finding anything that does not occur in either California or New York. However I’ve only been using iNat for 1.5 years, so I’ve not Observed many of the top 50.

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For the world, I am missing:
15. Common Dandelion (I know I’ve seen this, but have no iNat observations)
17. Western Fence Lizard
18. Mourning Dove (I know I’ve seen this, but have no iNat observations)
20. Red-Winged Blackbird
26. Song Sparrow
27. Garlic Mustard
28. White Clover (I know I’ve seen this, but have no iNat observations)
30. American Toad
31. Yellow-rumped Warbler
33. Mule Deer
34. Common Garter Snake
38. Dark-eyed Junco
40. Cabbage White (I know I’ve seen this, but have no iNat observations)
42. Osprey
44. Common Milkweed
45. Double-crested Cormorant
47. Creosote Bush
50. Red Clover (I know I’ve seen this, but have no iNat observations)

So I only have 32/50 overall. So even though the bulk of my observations are in North America, and I have 4 years on iNat, I’m still overlooking stuff (or it’s just not as prevalent in my neck of the woods. Eg., I see lots of White-tailed deer, but I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a Mule Deer)

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Right. For Europe I reached 76. World list is different - too many American species in tops. But for Africa I reached top 35, except leopard and marabou. Leopard being most annoyng case: I missed it by bare minutes three times.

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worldwide I’ve seen all but:
3. Monarch
9. Red-tailed Hawk
14. House finch
17. Western Fence Lizard
22. Turkey Vulture
23. Northern Mockingbird
33. Mule Deer
35. Blue Dasher
36. Poison Ivy
43. Snowy Egret
46. Eastern Pondhawk
47. Creosote Bush
49. Green Anole
so I’ve seen 37/50

in Europe I’ve seen 48/50

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Since you mentioned locality, I decided to see what’s my “score” on Oregon’s Top 50, since it’s the state I’ve been living in since I started seriously using iNat and the results were surprising. I’ve only seen 31/50 of Oregon’s, contrary to my 41/50 globally.

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There’s already a query for this. Take the link below, replace rowan_m with your own user id, and change the place to be whatever suits you. It will show you all the species in that place which you never observed on iNat

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?hrank=species&place_id=6857&unobserved_by_user_id=rowan_m

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And even better for Lithuania: 238 of the top :-)

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Yup, but it’s better to have a topic for this too.)

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That’s nice, thank you. But do you know - if you look at the top species lists of different areas, there are such crazy biases towards certain species or certain groups. It would make a very interesting research object.

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I have not seen:

Eastern Gray Squirrel
Garlic Mustard
American Toad
Poison Ivy
Common Milkweed
Eastern Pondhawk
Common Eastern Bumble Bee

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