Journal archives for August 2018

August 01, 2018

iNaturalist for Stick and Leaf Insect (Phasmida) Citizen Science

iNaturalist is a community of amateurs and professionals working together to create high quality biodiversity records for science by uploading and identifying each other’s photographs. Nearly 60% of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility Phasmid records from the last five years were generated by the iNaturalist community. If you enjoy identifying or photographing wild Phasmids, join us! Here’s how…

Sign up - www.inaturalist.org/users/sign_up

You’ll need an iNaturalist account to identify observations or upload observations

Identify observations - www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?taxon_id=47198


Upload observations - www.inaturalist.org/observations/upload


For more information visit www.inaturalist.org/pages/getting+started,
email us at help@inaturalist.org, or post your question to our Google Group. A slide version of this post can be found here.

Posted on August 01, 2018 00:45 by loarie loarie | 3 comments | Leave a comment

Odonata lesson by Steve Hummel @ Good Earth State Park

Nice walk at Good Earth State Park with @dflyiowa1949 today. Thanks for the one-on-one lesson in all things Odonata! Here's what we saw.

Posted on August 01, 2018 03:29 by loarie loarie | 0 comments | Leave a comment

A project to discuss mantis taxonomy

Many thanks to Kris (@mantodea) for helping sort out Mantid taxonomy on iNaturalist. iNat is now in sync with Mantodea Species File (MSF). Martin Stiewe at MSF has been very helpful updating MSF where it seemed to lag iNat. We've marked the taxon 'complete' with Kris and myself as taxon curators

There are currently two discrepancies from MSF. Both of which seem to be legit names that aren't yet in MSF. We'll leave them here in the hopes that MSF updates soon.
https://www.inaturalist.org/flags/261142 Ilomantis ginsburgae
https://www.inaturalist.org/flags/261178 Pseudovates peruviana

There are three other updates Kris raised that aren't in iNat or MSF yet. Our plan is to try to get MSF to make these updates and then follow suit
https://www.inaturalist.org/flags/263423 Litaneutria
https://www.inaturalist.org/flags/263425 Bactromantis
https://www.inaturalist.org/flags/263426 Stagmomantis californica

Posted on August 01, 2018 22:46 by loarie loarie | 0 comments | Leave a comment

iNaturalist for Mantis (Mantodea) Citizen Science

iNaturalist is a community of amateurs and professionals working together to create high quality biodiversity records for science by uploading and identifying each other’s photographs. Over 60% of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility Mantis records from the last five years were generated by the iNaturalist community. If you enjoy identifying or photographing wild Phasmids, join us! Here’s how…

Sign up - www.inaturalist.org/users/sign_up

You’ll need an iNaturalist account to identify observations or upload observations

Identify observations - www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?taxon_id=48112


Upload observations - www.inaturalist.org/observations/upload


For more information visit www.inaturalist.org/pages/getting+started,
email us at help@inaturalist.org, or post your question to our Google Group. A slide version of this post can be found here.

Posted on August 01, 2018 23:04 by loarie loarie | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Working groups for Phasmids and Mantises added!

Posted on August 01, 2018 23:16 by loarie loarie | 1 comments | Leave a comment

August 09, 2018

Invasion of the southern California naturalists to San Francisco!

SoCal naturalists @zabbey and @alex_bairstow both happened to be independently passing through San Francisco and stopped by iNat HQ at the California Academy of Sciences today!

From left to right @loarie @zabbey @alex_bairstow @kestrel @kueda

Posted on August 09, 2018 19:13 by loarie loarie | 10 comments | Leave a comment

August 16, 2018

Talking Plant Phenology with Alison Northup!

Was awesome to have @alisonnorthup visit iNat HQ today all the way from Austin Texas! We had some cool discussions about plant phenology

From left to right @loarie @kueda @alisonnorthup @tiwane

Posted on August 16, 2018 04:01 by loarie loarie | 4 comments | Leave a comment

August 20, 2018

Transition to Plants of the World Online as a taxonomic reference

iNaturalist used to use several regional floras as vascular plant taxonomic references with The Plant List as the tie-breaker. As discussed here, we are now using Plants of the World Online (POWO) as the primary vascular plant taxonomic reference with two exceptions:
1) POWO isn't yet complete for genera beginning with the letter 'P' (e.g. Phacelia) or Ferns (Class Polypodiopsida).
2) We maintain a list of potential deviations from POWO that we will discuss on a case by case basis. Those we determine to be 'Accepted Deviations' take precedence over POWO.

If you'd like to propose a deviation from POWO, flag the taxon (if its not already flagged) kick off a discussion for why you think the name is valid despite not being in POWO and also add the name to the list of potential deviations.

Here's a decision tree for how to go about helping resolve vascular plant species in iNaturalist that are not in POWO:

Names added to the potential deviation list will be discussed (in their corresponding flag) and potentially discussed with Kew Botanical Garden staff (which maintains POWO). From there we will decide whether to go with POWO or maintain them as 'Accepted Deviations'. As POWO updates, any corresponding rows should be removed from the potential deviation spreadsheet.

For example, Lithospermum parviflorum is an active species in iNaturalist not valid in POWO. It was added to the potential deviation list while @bouteloua led a discussion that seemed to indicate that it should be valid in POWO. This recommendation was brought to the attention of Kew and they agree it should be a valid species. We responded by marking it as an 'Accepted Deviation'. If Kew updates POWO by adding Lithospermum parviflorum, it should be removed from the list (as it will be no longer needed).

Posted on August 20, 2018 23:34 by loarie loarie | 50 comments | Leave a comment