Your top 10 most identfied

Hi there,

another fun thread somewhat inspired by this one minus the embarassing (as there is absolutely nothing embarassing about identifying): https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/embarrassing-favorites/35128, but this time for the identifiers :-)

What are your top 10 identifications you do for others? Are they from the regions in which you observe(d) yourself or are the spreat out over the entire world map? Any surprises there?

Mine are pretty much what I would expect… all spiders, half of them Argiope, one of my favourites. Those I also ID in regions I have never been (e.g. A. aurantia from North Americas, A. aemula from Asia…). My surprise is the 400+ Dolomedes fimbriatus IDs, as I am pretty sure, I almost never ID them to species, as this is in most cases not easily doable (actually, I only have 29 D. fimbriatus IDs)… I did not know that it would show up in my list, because the observations are at D. fimbriatus-level.

By the way, my first non-spider ist at place 29 this species: https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/748425-Sphenorhina-rubra … from there on it goes on a bit more mixed. Another notable mention: Mallards with 37 IDs :-D

PS: If you don´t know where to look, use this link and put your name instead of ajott:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?ident_user_id=ajott&not_user_id=ajott&place_id=any&subview=map&view=species

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Neat link! Pretty happy with mine, but surprised Euphorbia maculata made the list since I’m still pretty weak in identifying local sandmats:

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No real surprises on my list. I limit myself to NZ critters only. Here’s the first 15…


https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?ident_user_id=russellclarke&not_user_id=russellclarke&place_id=any&subview=map&view=species

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Can anyone guess what my favorite taxa is? No surprise to me that my top 10 are mostly North American Rallids. However, the Box Turtle was a surprise!

My first spider is #26, Argiope aurantia, with 49 IDs.

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Nice, I think I have basically never been to New Zealand in my ID-endeavours… but as I can see, they are well off with you IDing spiders anyways :-). Maybe at some point I should check out the Argiopes there as well :-)

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I think we have only A. protensa here. Tailed grass spider.

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Well, that´s easy then ;-)

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Yes. If you ever make the trip to NZ you might want to find something other than Argiope to fill your time :)

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They may be basic, but what can I say? I love myself some North American wildlife.

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That’s very underwhelming, top 3 are from me going once and iding all their needs of id (though for lichen I only chcked majority of Europe) and wild goat is from iding subspecies.
I spend most of my time iding insects worldwide, which doesn’t favor one species.


Also quite annoying that when using url filters I have to write both my current and previous username, apparenly they still are seen as observations of my old name.

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Diving a little further into my top IDs, I’ve discovered something else interesting. After my initial top 10, a lot of my top IDs are for things that the computer vision often mistakes for Rallids. Distant pictures of mallards often get misidentified as coots, and Willet sometimes get mistaken for Clapper Rails. Obviously, it makes a lot of sense that this would be the case, just never something I’ve really thought about.

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I’m a little surprised that a couple of non-Bombus made the list. But yeah pretty much all things that would be found in eastern North America.

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Might be, because as far as I know you also do a s**tload of unknowns to e.g. family or genus level. I am not sure if for example genus bombus occurs separately in this list, if you also have Bombus IDs to species?

No big surprises, if you stepped out my front door and went for a walk in any direction you’d probably find all of these within about 5 minutes.

the first non-plants on the list are at #52 and #57 (Western Fence Lizards and Mallards)

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No surprise here as when I identify I filter by the five counties near me, and these are all really common, commonly-observed plants. The American cranberry is higher than most, and bog cranberry is on there because I’ve been cleaning up the cranberry observations in New England.

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Fun!

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I id Insecta and Pterygota-level ids as the main focus (though I check some regions fully for all obs), so most stuff I id to higher levels, though I’m ready to research stuff and know quite a few species too (just hard to keep species-level knowledge for the whole world). I rarely look at unknowns, all the planted trees are making me anxious.
About Bombus, this list does the opposite, if I id Bombus and it’s then ided to species, species is listed, though I never ided this NA bumblebee, but I have Sarcophaga on the list, because it’s just unidable to species and even genus is kinda a reach.

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Plants

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I see. Actually the same what I just saw in my own list with Dolomedes.

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Led by hammering thru Trich fen fen subspecies. Leopard toads I now skip, in season the dedicated project records every creature seen. And then the plants, including Paterson’s Curse, are everywhere and carefully recorded by each enthusiastic newbie. It is a fair record of what is most seen because it is highly visible - and focused by me clearing Cape Peninsula Unknowns each day.

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