Saryu Mae Curator

Joined: Nov 28, 2019 Last Active: Jan 28, 2023 iNaturalist NZ

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All the habitat, all the taxonomic groups!
I love biological systematics, especially that of invertebrates.
Born in 2007 in Japan, living in Auckland (New Zealand) since 2019.
Been studying molluscs for 8 years, starting on other phyla in the recent couple years.
I like the two most diverse groups- Molluscs and Arthropods, especially the tiny ones, followed by all the other often-overlooked groups such as bryozoans.
Recently started collecting and pinning NZ lepidoptera (moths).
Current focus: Malacology (i.e. worldwide molluscs
(terrestrial/freshwater/marine)), NZ land invertebrates (e.g. Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, Isopoda, Myriapoda, Arachnida, and any tiny soil inverts), NZ marine life (e.g. Mollusca, Foraminifera, Bryozoa, Turnicata, all Alga and any benthos/planktons), and paleontology.
I also love things like fungi, leafy liverworts, mosses and ferns, although I'm no expert on those.
I am interested in everything related to natural science, especially identification of groups that are often overlooked.


Regarding to ID requests: When you have more than five ID requests at a time, please send me a message instead of mentioning me in comments, so I will not miss them.
・I am able to provide explanations for my identifications if requested.
・Feel free to mention me if any curatorial actions (e.g. adding species, editing common names, editing taxonomy) are needed

I have my personal natural history collection stored in New Zealand and in Japan, mainly consists of worldwide molluscs and other invertebrate specimens.
All specimens are numbered, registered, and stored with printed labels. Currently there are more than 3000 lots, containing more than 10000 individuals.
In my specimen photos you will see numbers with MSNHC (= Saryu Mae Natural History Collection) in front - they are my specimen IDs and I can access to all the data immediately by looking up my spreadsheet with the number. Hopefully I will find a museum or an instutition to donate the specimens in the future. I will not let them sold away after my death.
I am happy to donate or exchange specimens/samples for researchers or collectors as long as everything can be done legally.

・I was born in 2007 in Japan, and I lived there until 2019 when I moved to Auckland, NZ, where I live currently.
・I can communicate in English and Japanese. For other languages, I use DeepL.
・I curate iNaturalist's taxonomy, particularly molluscs and foraminifera, usually based on and WoRMS.
My main idenfitication expertises on iNaturalist are worldwide molluscs and any of the local (New Zealand and Japan) invertebrates and marine life.
・As a Japanese naturalist, I have been planning to make iNatJapan in reality!
・My interests were primarily paleontology, mineralogy and malacology, however I have been vastly expanding my areas of interest and now I am strongly interested in all aspects of natural science.

・I post observations of every species I see since January 2022, so I'd say I am an all-round naturalist. I've been especially keen to record minor groups like small invertebrates and algae. I use Olympus TG-6, a couple SLRs and a USB microscope to photograph things.
・I have been collecting worldwide molluscs, fossils and minerals. I recently started collecting other invertebrates with exoskeletons as well (e.g. Coleoptera, bryozoans, brachiopods, corals and foraminifera). If you have specimens or literatures of those, I would be interested.

My interest in molluscs started when I was 7 and until now I have identified several thousand mollusc species.
Besides Molluscs, I am extremely interested in any other marine/terrestrial/freshwater invertebrates, mosses, liverworts, lichens, fungi, all algae, and any other weird (praise) wild organisms. I am pretty weak at vertebrate identifications although I love them.

Being heavily addicted to iNaturalist, I am usually online everyday.
I love communicating with any fellow naturalists, so please feel free to mention me in comments, send me direct messages or email saryumae(a) for anything.
You can also find me on Instagram @ invertebratist, Twitter @ invertebratist, Discord (invertebratist#9517), and on iNatforum.

I am always happy to collect specimens for research purposes as long as I can legally obtain specimens.

It is my wish that all of the content I have contributed to iNaturalist (Observations, Identifications, comments, medias, etc) remain on the site in the event of my death, which hopefully will not be soon :)

My mollusc observations, including in situ photography as well as specimen photos

All of the photos I post on Inaturalist were taken and edited only by me unless others' names are mentioned.
Feel free to use my CC-BY photographs for any purposes, however a clear citation of the credit (needs to be Saryu Mae, not as @ glycymeris) is always required.
I would be happier if you could notify me in comments, messages or by email if you plan to use any of my photos. Possibly I can provide a better one!

・Reasons of why I add IDs to old observations, even if they are already identified and being "research grade"
In iNaturalist community, there are not many identifiers specialised to Molluscs, allowing many observations to be Research grade with inaccurate ID.
 Because these mistakes are so common and many "research grade" observations are not reliable at all even with multiple agreeing IDs, I have been trying to go through all the past mollusc observations.
In this process, I add my own identifications to all the observations (not randomly clicking Agree button!), and sometimes I end up with confirming all the observations or disagreeing with all the IDs.
 I aim to add as many accurate mollusc identifications as I can, so I can be notified when there are important activities.

Wellington Shell Club (New Zealand)
Japanese Association of Meiobenthologists (Japan)
NPO Network for Shizuoka Prefecture Museum of Natural History (Japan)

Published work:
Kenji YOKOYAMA and Saryu MAE. 2018. Shell fossils and the sedimentation environment of the shell fossil dense layer of The Middle Pleistocene Negoya Formation
at Negoya in the Udo Hill, Shizuoka City, central Japan
 This is an article about deep water fauna and environment of a formation formed in middle Pleistocene(Chibanian).
I collected, prepared and identified all the figured specimens.

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(About me in Japanese)
こんにちは!前 朝琉と申します。

iNatの日本版(iNaturalist Japan)が数年以内に実現することを願っています。公的研究施設や大学などの方で、iNaturalist Japanのサーバーを置けるかも、という方はお問い合わせいただけば幸いです。

個人的には、将来的には軟体動物・節足動物などの小型無脊椎動物を中心に、生物分類学, 生態学, 古生物学や関連した研究をすることを志望しています。

iNaturalistでは多数派ではない日本語ユーザーが英語を使わずとも同定や情報交換などをし合える場所として、アイナチュラリスト日本語コミュニティ(url) を作りました。日本語を理解できるユーザーの方は参加をお願い申し上げます。





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