Day Two Re-Cap

Ōtautahi iNaturalists covered a lot of ground (and water) on Saturday! Having a quick look through the observations, it’s exciting to see a terrific diversity of observations from a variety of habitat types.

As of about 11:00PM, we've tallied 2851 observations of 837 species from 81 observers, with identifications being provided by 119 iNaturalist.nz users - a solid start! @jennysaito continues to top the observation and species leaderboards for Christchurch, with @yukisaito and @yuyusaito well up in the rankings as well! The top species observed is now Dolomedes minor, thanks in large part to @wjiang’s efforts.

So many interesting observations today. A few of the highlights for me were the range of lichens and fungi (including another "Devil’s Fingers” (@tyler_mcbeth), which I still think are creepy); a teeny-tiny crab spider (@daisyzebra); a stylish planarian (@bythepark); and an also-stylish fluffy kererū butt (@fergus). Finally, two from @timcurran: a Māori octopus, and a hairy seaweed crab. Today I learned that hairy seaweed crabs exist, and I’m a happier person for it.

With today’s hard work we’ve nearly caught up to Wellington in both number of observations and species. Keep it up!

Posted by laura-nz laura-nz, May 01, 2021 11:41

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Thanks, Laura.

Hairy seaweed crabs are great! It was my first time seeing them. One had possibly been munched by the Māori octopus, as it was an empty carapace, found near the cleft (den?) where we first found the octopus.

Posted by timcurran about 2 months ago (Flag)
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@laura-nz How generous to describe my planarians as 'stylish'. They have happily survived another dry summer thanks to automatic irrigation. Chlorinated water has worked a treat....but will they survive water charges? It could be taps off and lights out! 😂🤣

Posted by bythepark about 1 month ago (Flag)

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