Bobby McCabe Curator

Joined: Jun 23, 2017 Last Active: Jul 18, 2018

Hello! I'm a student of 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.

Things I’m up to on iNat:
• Something to do with mammals (probably)
• Curating Octopoda (octopuses)
• Curating Solanaceae (nightshade family)
• Curating Cichlidae (cichlids)
• Curating mammalian subspecies, with a greater focus on phylogenetics than outdated morphological principles
• 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up a proposal arguing that locked taxa should be handled more flexibly, so that curators can move them to subfamilies, outdated genera can be deleted, undefendable subspeciation can be merged into a species, etc.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

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.

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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