Matthew Connors Curator

Joined: Oct 06, 2017 Last Active: May 21, 2022 iNaturalist Australia

I'm away doing fieldwork until June!

Alrighty, I'm back! Honours is very busy though. Instead of doing bulk 'general IDs', I figure my limited time is better spent working out identification problems and resolving persistent misidentifications.

This essentially means that I'll be leaving detailed comments on a couple of sightings, and then leaving the rest of the work to the community to fix the mistakes! If you want to help out, here are some things that need doing:

  • Most sightings of Austroscolia soror should be moved back to genus level, although some can be IDed based on biogeography and some photos will be good enough to distinguish the species. See comments here.
  • Australian Teleogryllus sightings need to be sorted, especially seeing as T. oceanicus is almost universally misidentified as T. commodus. The two species have very different ranges and are not too difficult to tell apart with a good photo; see comments here.
  • Most Australian Deinopis subrufa sightings should be moved back to genus level. The name has become a 'catch-all' for a genus that has not received any recent taxonomic work. IDs should be tentative unless genitalia have been inspected, and even then the group probably needs a revision; see comments here.
  • Australian sightings of Runcinia acuminata should all be moved to R. insecta, or at least reverted back to genus unless genitalia have been inspected; see comments here.
  • Australian sightings of H. waigiensis should all be reverted back to genus, as the species was recorded here in error and the majority of Australian sightings represent undescribed species. See comments here.
  • Backobourkia are for the most part impossible to ID without inspecting the genitalia (patterns are NOT reliable and are very variable), although there are some useful differences in distribution that can be used. Most sightings should be reverted back to genus, except in areas where only a single species is found. See comments here.
  • Similarly, with the recent revision of Hortophora, most species cannot be identified without very good photographs and should be reverted back to genus. Most sightings were IDed as H. transmarina or H. biapicata in the past, and now that many more species have been described these old IDs are not accurate. See comments here; note also that a taxon for the H. biapicata/H. transmarina complex exists for when these species cannot be separated.
  • Chtonobdella limbata seems to be a name applied to several different species and without strong evidence that any species can even be identified by pattern alone, the sightings should be reverted back to Haemadipsidae. See comments here.
  • Most older Ptilocnemus sightings seem to have been identified without close inspection of the key features. They are not difficult to distinguish but all the sightings should be reviewed (and checked for Ptilocerus sightings) with reference to the key features. See comments here.
  • Cybister tripunctatus observations should be inspected to make sure that they are not other members of the genus, or Onychohydrus, especially in the north of the continent. Frequently an underside shot and/or measurement is needed.
    See comments here.

  • Most Australian Platybrachys are not really Platybrachys and should be reverted back to tribe or even subfamily. Species IDs should also be treated with suspicion if no justification is provided. See comments here.
  • Most if not all Australian Paratya australiensis sightings should be reverted back to genus; see comments here.
  • All Australian sightings of Labidura riparia need to be moved to L. truncata; see this paper.
  • Almost all Australian sightings of Siphanta acuta should be reverted to genus; see comments here.
  • Australian Glycyphana stolata sightings need to be reviewed as the name has seemingly been applied to several species. See comments here.
  • Sightings of Pogonortalis doclea from Western Australia should be reviewed to check for P. commoni; see comments here and this paper.
  • Australian Dolophones sightings should be reverted to genus unless there is an indication that the genitalia were inspected, especially for individuals without a turret. See comments here.
  • Australian Tetragonula cannot be identified from most photos, and need to be reverted back to genus. See comments here.
  • All Australian Austrosciapus sightings should be reverted to genus; see comments here.
  • Almost all observations of Nicodamus peregrinus need to be corrected; see comments here.

For the most part I will not be doing general IDs unless you tag me, so if you need an ID you know what to do! I'll try to get back to you, although it may take a month or more (sorry!). But if you've tagged me, it will be bookmarked somewhere for when I get time.


Entomology student specialising in Australian mantises, but with a keen interest in all orthopteroid insects and of course all organisms! I used to post my own sightings on Bowerbird (http://www.bowerbird.org.au/users/34690/sightings) but now that the site is being shut down I've transferred them all over to iNat. I'm also woefully behind on sorting through all my photos, so most of my sightings will be at least two years old by the time I get to them! Follow me on Facebook for nature photography and entomological musings (https://www.facebook.com/YellowMondayMC/)

I currently do IDs for all the Mantodea of Oceania as well as for a variety of Australian taxa that are grouped together in this project. I'll get around to them all eventually but if I've missed one and you want an ID, please tag me!

I recently created a handy guide to help people identify the introduced South African Mantis (Miomantis caffra) in Australia that can be accessed here

I'll hopefully get around to all of the Australian Orthopteroids eventually, but in the meantime check out the project I've made for them: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/australian-orthopteroids

Have a look at some of my favourite places here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/a-few-of-my-favourite-places

I often spend a lot of time trying to identify my sightings, so recently started adding all of my thought processes to sightings where I have put a lot of effort in. They should be pretty helpful for people who want to try to identify their own sightings. All are collected here.

Instructions for staff here

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