SA iNaturalists - August 2023 Update

Data used for this post taken on the 10th of September. It excludes any observations and identifications from August that were uploaded after this date.
Title Font: Brassia, Velvetyne Type Foundry, Ariel Martin Pérez.

Posted on September 10, 2023 09:13 AM by cobaltducks cobaltducks


Geoff, I'd love to know what a few of the 79 new species were for SA.

Posted by davidsando 9 months ago

I'd like to know that too, but I've not figured out an easy way to determine it, short of exporting all 500k observations each month. The way I calculate it is simply last month's species count vs this month's count. (Is it clear that by 'new species' I mean those recorded on iNat in SA for the first time? and not actual first sightings of these species in SA).

The increase of 79 species in August likely includes many historic observations that have only this month been identified by an expert. I find I'm still receiving IDs on some of my observations that are 4 years old. So they are not necessarily species observed this month.

Here's a nice example of a sighting in August of a species that's not just first on iNat in SA, but first on all of iNat, and possibly first photo of a live specimen: Hale's Stink Bug (Paragenor halei)

Posted by cobaltducks 9 months ago

Wow. Fantastic bug story . . and great iNat teamwork story.

Posted by davidsando 9 months ago

Add a Comment

Sign In or Sign Up to add comments