I'm a naturalist! I'm also one of the developers around here, so if you have any problems or ideas, please let me know in our Google Group. Oh, and my real name is Ken-ichi Ueda, in case you were wondering.

A little about me: I've been fascinated by nature for as long as I can recall. I used to horrify my mom by waltzing into the house holding snakes and salamanders to show her. Eventually, I translated that love into a degree in biology. Since then, I've worked as a GIS technician, web developer, and wildlife technician. iNaturalist grew out of the belief that I might not be alone in my desire to combine nature and the Web. Turns out I'm not!


* BugGuide contributions
* Moth Photographers Group photos (I don't have any control over these, I think they just pick stuff they want from BugGuide after obtaining the photographer's permission)
* Tree of Life contributions
* my field guides on Goodreads

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kueda's favorite taxa

gold-eye lichen - Photo (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
gold-eye lichen Info
Teloschistes chrysophthalmus is a (fruticose lichen with branching lobes that form small orange, nearly spherical tufts with spiny projections. It grows on California live oak, dwarf coyote brush, and magnolias. "Teloschistes" means "split ends". (From Wikipedia)
Broomrapes - Photo (c) Bastiaan, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Broomrapes Info
Broomrape or broom-rape (Orobanche) is a genus of over 200 species of parasitic herbaceous plants in the family Orobanchaceae, mostly native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere. Some species formerly included in this genus are now referred to the genus Conopholis. The broomrape plant is small, from 10–60 cm tall depending on species. It is best recognized by its yellow- to straw-coloured stems completely lacking chlorophyll, bearing yellow, white or blue, snapdragon-like flowers. The flower shoots are scaly,... (From Wikipedia)
Salamanders - Photo (c) Laurence Livermore, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Salamanders Info
Salamanders are any of approximately 550 extant species of amphibians within the order Caudata. They are typically characterized by a superficially lizard-like appearance, with slender bodies, short noses, and long tails. All known fossil salamanders and all extinct species fall under the order Caudata, while sometimes the extant species are grouped together as the Urodela. Salamanders have never more than four toes on their front legs and five on their rear legs, but some species have... (From Wikipedia)
Clarkia - Photo (c) Philip Bouchard, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Clarkia Info
Clarkia is a genus within the flowering plant family Onagraceae. Over 40 species are currently classified in Clarkia; almost all are native to western North America, though one species (Clarkia tenella) is native to South America. (From Wikipedia)
Arachnids - Photo (c) Bob, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Arachnids Info
Arachnids are a class (Arachnida) of joint-legged invertebrate animals in the subphylum Chelicerata. All arachnids have eight legs, although the front pair of legs in some species has converted to a sensory function, while in other species, different appendages can grow large enough to take on the appearance of extra pairs of legs. The term is derived from the Greek word ἀράχνη (aráchnē), meaning "spider". (From Wikipedia)
Sea Spiders - Photo (c) Asbjørn Hansen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Sea Spiders Info
Sea spiders, also called Pantopoda or pycnogonids, are marine arthropods of class Pycnogonida. They are cosmopolitan, found especially in the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, as well as the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans. There are over 1300 known species, ranging in size from 1 to 10 millimetres (0.039 to 0.39 in) to over 90 cm (35 in) in some deep water species. Most are toward the smaller end of this range in relatively shallow depths, however, they can grow to... (From Wikipedia)
Nudibranchs - Photo (c) Nazir Erwan Amin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Nudibranchs Info
A nudibranch /ˈnjuːdɨbræŋk/ is a member of Nudibranchia, a group of soft-bodied, marine gastropod mollusks which shed their shell after their larval stage. They are noted for their often extraordinary colors and striking forms. There are more than 3,000 described species of nudibranchs. (From Wikipedia)
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