Why am I seeing a "Broken bullseye" at an observation location in the Android app?

Hi guys

Could someone please explain what this broken bullseye symbol means?

The presence of this broken bullseye seems to correspond with the observation appearing as a “Spot” rather than a “Pin” in the Explore map.

Furthermore, the “Spot” on the Explore map is places at an “Incorrect” location, but when I click on the spot on the map (to open up the single observation), the location on the embedded mini-map is at the “Correct” location.

Really confused. Could someone please explain what is going on here?


Thank you!

I’m guessing this might have to do with this:

Taxon is threatened, coordinates obscured by default: One of the taxa suggested in the identifications, or one of the taxa that contain any of these taxa, is known to be rare and/or threatened, so the location of this observation has been obscured.

I’ve provided the link to the observation above.

As far as I can tell, the species does not appear threatened:


taxa can be obscured on iNat without having a formal conservation status

you can see on the status tab here that this species has its locations obscured

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The taxon is LC, but obscured, not sure why.

I’ve opened a flag, I see no reason why this species should be obscured


Just curious & thought you might know, as a curator:
Your screen shot shows the conservation status was changed last year.
Should changing the conservation status have automatically updated the taxon geoprivacy as well at that time? Or is it a separate step?

they’re separate dropdowns

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Unfortunately this is not true at least not for the threatened organisms that I encounter in Michigan. For example, I have a shot of a Blanding’s Turtle and a Painted Turtle side by side more times than I can count. If I use the same pic and duplicate it, the one for the observation of the Painted Turtle will give you the exact time and location for both the Painted and Blanding’s; the Blanding’s by default. To make matters worse, if you shot a Blue Flag Iris five seconds before you shoot the Blandking’s you’ll know exactly where the Blandings was in spite of the fact it is obscured. Some iNatter’s have caught on to this in recent years and obscure everything even if just one threatened species is found in that location and the rest are non threatened. Here is an example of Blanding’s Turtles with their location fully disclosed in this Painted Turtle obs:
I obscure everything in a location where a threatened organism is found no matter how many organisms are involved.

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