Bobby McCabe Curator

Joined: Jun 23, 2017 Last Active: Dec 12, 2018

Hello! I'm a student of zoology, environmental studies, ecology, conservation biology, and a few other -ologies. That in no way means I don't make mistakes here on iNat (which I do often). I'm part of iNat's Mammal Working Group (MWG) and the Vascular Plant Working Group (VPWG). I am also the taxon curator for cephalopods.

Things I’m up to on iNaturalist


This is as much a reference for you as it is a to-do list for me…

Taxonomic stuff


• Curating various taxa. While I generally have helped manage a wide variety of species, I am most involved with mammals, cichlid fishes, cephalopods, decapods, the nightshade family, and citrus fruits. You can view my taxon changes here. When not adhering to our taxonomic authorities, I tend to be a taxonomic lumper. For identifications, I usually only recognize subspecies and other infraspecific taxa if I believe they are: A.) phylogenetically or ecologically valid, and B.) can be identified by images.
• Managing a list of insect authorities that you can view and contribute to here.
• Assimilating the higher classification of molluscs on iNat with the scheme on World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) / MolluscaBase with @loarie and @jonathan142.
• Mapping the mammals on iNat with the ones listed on the ASM Mammal Diversity Database on this spreadsheet. It involves direct correspondence with site admins, @nateupham, @jwidness, and other mammal folks on iNaturalist. Feel free to help out if you’d like!
• Mapping the Theraphosidae (tarantulas) on iNat with the ones on the World Spider Catalog for the SWG. It involves direct correspondence with @danni_sherwood and other spider folks on iNaturalist. You can view changes committed affecting tarantulas here.

Other stuff


• Writing a mammal guide for Connecticut on iNaturalist.
• Owner/manager of several projects, including Megafauna of the World, iNaturalist Spider Working Group (SWG), and iNaturalist Cephalopod Working Group (CWG). Otherwise affiliated with Mammal Working Group (MWG) and Vascular Plant Working Group (VPWG).
• Hunting for English vernacular names for obscure taxa in the depths of the internet. I consider this a curatorial duty. The implementation of common names helps casual users understand more about the natural world and share what they learned with others. Know that I never intentionally makeup names. If you see a name I added that you are unfamiliar with or feel it was misapplied, please message me!
• Finding names for species in other languages iNaturalist supports, such as Chinese, German, Japanese, etc. I feel like the app might be more popular in other nations if our taxa showed up in search results. Regardless of language or background, seeing a species listed solely by its scientific name can be a little intimidating for casual users.

Book suggestions


For those enamored with the natural world and our relationship with it.
The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms (1881), by Charles Darwin
Game Management (1933), by Aldo Leopold
Gorillas in the Mist (1983), by Dian Fossey
An Introduction to Behavioral Ecology (2012), by Nicholas B. Davis, John R. Krebs & Stuart A. West
Lions in the Balance: Man-Eaters, Manes, and Men with Guns (2015), by Craig Packer
Silent Spring (1967), by Rachel Carson
Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals (2009), by Hal Herzog
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (1998), by Bill Bryson

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