FAQ: Why aren't any 'other observations' shown for my observation?

When an observation on iSpot receives an identification, iSpot will show any other observations of the same species in the section headed "Other observations ...". These other observations are matched using the scientific name in the "likely ID" (or using the "initial ID" if there is no likely ID yet).

If there are no observations listed under "Other observations ..." this may mean that you have found a species that no other user of iSpot has reported before, or it may be that the scientific name you have used is spelled incorrectly.

The second of these reasons is quite common. You can make sure that the name you have used is spelled correctly by using the "get recommended" button when you enter or edit your identification. This checks the name against the species dictionary used by iSpot (the NBN species dictionary).

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