Bobby McCabe Curator

Joined: Jun 23, 2017 Last Active: Nov 14, 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

• Curating Cephalopoda (octopuses, squids, cuttlefishes, and nautiluses), with a reliance on the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS).
• Curating Solanaceae (nightshade family), with a reliance on Plants of the World Online (POWO).
• Hunting for common names for obscure taxa in the depths of the internet. I think this kind of implementation helps casual users understand more about the natural world and share what they learn when there is an easy-to-understand name attributed to the species they observe. Know that I never intentionally makeup names. If you see a name I added you're unfamiliar with or feel it was misapplied, please message me!
• Mapping the mammals on iNat with the ones listed on the ASM Mammal Diversity Database, so that we may retire the IUCN Red List as our external mammal authority.
• Writing up a proposal arguing that locked taxa should be handled more flexibly, so that curators can move them to subfamilies, outdated genera can be deleted, undefendable subspeciation can be merged into a species, etc.


I'm currently the admin for a series of Megafauna projects, which you can access below:
Megafauna of Africa
Megafauna of the Atlantic
Megafauna of Eurasia
Megafauna of the Indo-Pacific
Megafauna of North America
Megafauna of Oceania
Megafauna of South America

Other stuff

How are my common names?
When I have the time, I sometimes commit extensive searches for common vernacular names for organisms on iNaturalist. I never create madeup names for iNaturalist, but if you are confused or uncertain as to why a certain organism was given a name you never heard of, please feel free to contact me.

Note that for taxon changes...
I tend to be a taxonomic lumper. Check out my taxon changes here.

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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