Russell Pfau Curator

Joined: Sep 29, 2015 Last Active: Jan 27, 2020

I'm a biologist in the Department of Biological Sciences at Tarleton State University. I have a life-long interest in natural history and broad experience including paleontology, wildlife biology, and population and evolutionary genetics. I don't consider myself to be an expert in anything, but I'm interested in almost everything.

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Taxa I've been focusing on


I enjoy learning how to distinguish groups of related species and helping to curate them here on iNaturalist. Taxa that I've been curating include:
Bombus (only the "easy" species) in southwestern U.S. [ID guide | ID modal]
Apiomerus assassin bugs in the U.S. [species | ID modal]
Zelus assassin bugs in the U.S. and Canada [ID guide | species | ID modal (U.S. and Canada)]
Perillus stink bugs in the U.S. [species | ID modal]
Mantidflies in the U.S. [species | ID guide | species | ID modal]
Arabidea species in TX [ID guide | species | ID modal]
Agalinis (false foxglove) species in TX [ID guide | species | ID modal]
Anemones (the wildflowers) in TX, OK [ID guide | ID modal]
Geomys (gophers) in North America [ID information | species]
Moths of the genus Microtheoris [species | distinguishing characters | ID modal]

iNat Tips & Tricks

I recommend not agreeing to an ID just because someone else gave that ID--only ID things based on your OWN knowledge and research.

Accurate geotagging when on an observing trek

Link multiple observations of same individual over time

Adding photos to a journal entry

View comments.
Search comments (enter search term in URL).
Search comments that tag me (@pfau_tarleton). Enter your own username in the URL. Note, this does not find tags in identifications, just those in stand-alone comments (bummer).

View your ID stats (separate parameters with &)

View your own observations in "Identify mode". Enter your own user ID number or go to Identify mode directly and filter by Your Observations. The main trick here is that you also have to select the "Reviewed" check box, because most of your own observations will have been "reviewed" by you already.

Limit "Identify" to a bounding box (enter coordinates in URL) or a radius (enter radius in km and center coordinate in URL). To view the box or radius, delete "identify" in the URL and click "map".

In "Identify" mode, you can sort by "random" or "date added/ascending" (filter) and it will mix up new and old observations or show older posts first (good for snagging some older ones that tend to slip by otherwise).

Display observations of taxa for which you've added an ID (you can change taxa using the species box). This is useful when you know you've identified something before but forgot the name.

Are you a maverick? Insert your own user ID in the URL.

How to use iNaturalist's search URL's

URL filter to see what species you haven't documented yourself (replace your user_id in the URL, and change taxa and place to suit your needs)

Find your longest iNaturalist observation streak

Something that few people will ever need to do, but here's the URL to download a species' taxon range map. However, it's a slightly simplified version of the KML file iNat has stored. https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/0000/range.kml [change 0000 to the species ID number]

ID guides created by other folks

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