February 07, 2024

New species

  1. Ensure it's on the new species project
  2. Check the Genus page if not incorrectly spelled
  3. Check if on the POWO website, if not appearing comment on obs that it's not yet there and thus can't be added to the dictionary
  4. Click More tab - taxa info - scroll to the bottom - create new taxa
  5. Type scientific name - choose species - parent Genus.. the parent ID will appear automatically - save
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October 20, 2023

Fixing places

Open Place
click edit
add parent: District name
click checklists allowed.
set type to OPEN (type o in box)
Save

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October 16, 2023

Adding new taxon to iNat

Flag it on the taxon page (in this case Watsonia - find Watsonia: https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/72425-Watsonia
Check on the taxon tab that the species is not there, by searching the taxa (top menu : other :: Taxa info) Check that it has not been sunk by selecting active and inactive taxa:
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/search?is_active=any&q=Watsonia+vicscutteri&utf8=%E2%9C%93
If it is not, all that is required is on the Taxon Page, click Curation, and then Flag it, giving the POWO link - e,g, https://www.inaturalist.org/flags/635062
No need to provide literature if it is already on POWO: if it is not in POWO you need to provide the paper (or alternatively wait a few months for it to go onto POWO).

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August 30, 2023

Link to tutorial: How to fix your observation with photos of multiple species

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Gazania krebsiana or linearis from @Steven_Molteno

Without a view of the involucre it's unfortunately not possible to tell which it is.
The outer terminal bracts, and parietal bracts, all typically have bristly margins.
Usually, the leaves also have bristly margins, but that doesn't seem to be 100% reliable as a character. To be sure one does unfortunately need to see the involucre.
I've noticed that G. linearis is much more common in KZN except for the higher mountains. It's interesting to look at their distribution maps on iNat so far
Refer to: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/99382820#activity_comment_77900f47-c62a-4b3f-b066-ecc8d1c7cc89

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August 08, 2023

Data Analysis

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June 23, 2023

Undescribed species and taxa

Note as per Tony Rebelo:

ID as genus Asparagus.
Add the project "Undescribed Species and Taxa" (you have to join it first)
In the field "New species reference and name:" add the text 'Asparagus decipiens MS'

To find all instances use this url, or alternatively click on the text "New species reference and name:" and select an appropriate option:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?verifiable=any&place_id=any&field:New%20species%20reference%20and%20name=Asparagus%20decipiens%20MS
(select the ID tool - after it is published and in the iNat dictionary - to update, but dont delete the observation field: it has historic value).

** Keep it simple. the field is sensitive to case, space and lace. I dont recommend using 'Asparagus decipiens (Baker) S.M.Burrows & J.E. Burrows, in prep.' - far too many options for mistyping variants.

Posted on June 23, 2023 07:43 AM by suvarna suvarna | 0 comments | Leave a comment

June 07, 2023

Dianthus ID from Steven Molteno

One needs to see the flower base (calyx) from the side view.

it's actually useful to do this with all plant photos where there are flowers. A photograph of the flower from the side helps with IDing so many plant groups,

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June 06, 2023

Observation license choice

CC-BY (or CC-BY-NC) for observations [and not CC-BY-SA that we previously recommended).
CC-BY-SA for pictures and sounds (specific observations, sounds and pictures can be further restricted).

That decision goes back to before 2014, where GBIF ran a lengthy consultation, resulting in a decision to only support a limited set (CC BY, CC BY-NC and CC0) for occurrence datasets. More details are still available at https://www.gbif.org/news/82363/new-approaches-to-data-licensing-and-endorsement (especially the detailed community input collected, see the link to the summary of the consultation process at the bottom), as well as the report on the implementation, https://www.gbif.org/news/82812/licensing-milestone-for-data-access-in-gbiforg.

Posted on June 06, 2023 08:08 PM by suvarna suvarna | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Commelineaceae ID

Commelina benghalensis: Red hairs on the mouth of the leaf sheath

Aneilema dregeanum

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