Why does the map legend not explain shades, only symbols?

The attached pic is Grey Wolf distribution in Western Canada. I’m wondering what the colour shades are. The opened iNat Legend only addresses symbols, not foundational map colourations.



That does not explain the red shading over an area. The red shading sometimes covers green and golden areas, but can extend even further.

It does if you go to the linked post there “Pink is a iNat specific range definition that has been defined for a species, that does not have to follow political boundaries.” https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/map-legend-what-does-the-orange-color-represent/3573

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click on the map layer selector in the top-right corner of the map. select and deselect some of the layers and see what happens.

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This is partially helpful, but when I click on the overlays, the bloody map bounces back to world view, away from the western Canada view I was looking at.
It’s still not clear to me though. Certain sighting being un-verified or no photo is fine for a dot colour, but to use those for shading colours makes no sense to me.
I’m still not seeing the big picture of the shading thing. The colours don’t correspond to overlay text, and switching back and forth between layers, compared to the default. I’m not really sure what is even desirable. And what is “checklist places”?
Seems to me like that “overlays” section needs a full page of explanations.

Try this:

  1. Open the Layer selector menu.
  2. Deselect Checklist Places and Range
  3. Select Checklist Places, and read the link in referenced by marina_gorbunova in her first post in this thread.
  4. Deselect Checklist Places
  5. Select Range, and read the second post by marina_gorbunova in this thread.

If you’re concerned that not every marker or color is explained in the map legend, you’re right. The map legend does not explain everything. I think there’s an assumption made that it would be relatively easy to figure out what the pink and green and orange represent if you understand which layers they go with, just like the blue of the ocean in the basemap isn’t explained to be water.

But if you think that’s a bad assumption, and if you think there is a good way to represent all the different kinds of information that could be included in the map, then I would suggest that you take a stab at laying out what a more complete Map Legend should look like, and share that here.

EDIT: On second thought, if you have thoughts on how a better Map Legend should look, I would share that over here: https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/add-map-legend-for-all-overlays-on-taxon-pages/7584.

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