South Australian iNaturalists's Journal

June 09, 2022

SA iNaturalists - May 2022 Update





This May saw 8,137 observations covering 1,726 species from a total of 494 observers. This extended wet weather has really put a damper on observations. There were 66 species receiving their first iNat record in SA. This month saw a record 90 new observers contributing their first observations in SA. Upon this months observations, 521 identifiers contributed a total of 14,199 identifications.


During May there were an average of 51 observers each day, peaking at 99 observers on the City Nature Challenge Sunday. The highest daily observations again aligned with the CNC, with 1,686 observations being made on Sunday 1st.





Uploads for SA at the end of May stand at 329,567 observations of 9,013 species from 4,744 observers with, as of today, 5,214 identifiers providing 601,804 identifications.


Featured Observations from May
A Hydromys chrysogaster (Rakali) along River Torrens / Karrawirra Parri by @dgobbett.
A deep purple Cortinarius archeri (Emperor Cortinar) at Jupiter Creek by @chrisseager.
A family of Underwoodisaurus milii (Thick-tailed Barking Gecko) South-East of Roxby Downs by @jbilby.
A resting Eurostopodus argus (Spotted Nightjar) at Monarto by @danielmarkos.
A Accipiter fasciatus (Brown Goshawk) keeping the Spotted Dove population under control by @bernadette109.
A Trichosurus vulpecula (Common Brushtail Possum) family by @belindacopland.
An active Antechinus flavipes (Yellow-footed Antechinus) in Para Wirra CP by @anthonypaul.
A Rhytidoponera metallica (Green-head Ant) in Onkaparinga River NP by @connor_margetts.
A Dromaius novaehollandiae (Emu) clutch in Bakara CP by @rhytiphora.
(These are taken from observation during the month with at least one 'favourite'. If you see an interesting observation from SA, remember to favourite it, and it might appear here at the end of the month).


Do you have a particular expertise and are keen to help out with identifications in SA? Select your favourite taxa below to head to the Identify page:
Aves / Amphibia / Reptilia / Mammalia / Ray-Finned Fishes / Mollusca / Arachnida / Insecta / Plantae / Fungi / Protozoa / Unknowns


Top observers & species observed in May




















(Data used for this post taken on the 9th of June. It excludes any observations and identifications from May that were uploaded after this date)
(This post is also available on the Epistemic Curiosity Blog)

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May 09, 2022

SA iNaturalists - April 2022 Update





This April saw 12,736 observations covering 2,154 species from a total of 687 observers. A huge increase on the previous month thanks to the first two days of the City Nature Challenge 2022. There were 92 species receiving their first iNat record in SA. This month saw a record 247 new observers contributing their first observations in SA. Again due to the CNC, but also due to the second running of the Zoology II Backyard Arthropods project by the University of Adelaide. Upon this months observations, 631 identifiers contributed a total of 21,731 identifications.


During April there were an average of 76 observers each day, peaking at 109 observers on Good Friday. The highest daily observations obviously aligned with the CNC, with 1,701 observations being made on Saturday 30th.





Uploads for SA at the end of April stand at 320,808 observations of 8,930 species from 4,631 observers with, as of today, 5,094 identifiers providing 587,544 identifications.


The City Nature Challenge 2022 was a great success. Results should be out later today, but it looks like this was by far the strongest year yet with more than 63,000 participants recording over 1.5 million observations in just 4 days. Contributions from the Greater Adelaide area were made by 186 participants producing more than 5,200 observations.


Featured Observations from April
The 2nd iNat record of Piophilosoma palpatum, feeding on carrion, by @dmail.
A Chirruping Wedgebill (Psophodes cristatus) by @darcywhittaker.
A Ghost Fungus (Omphalotus nidiformis) in suburbia, by @flyingkatfish.
A Horsehair Worm (Phylum Nematomorpha) emerging from a Rain Moth, by @seamus-doherty.
(These are taken from observation during the month with at least one 'favourite'. If you see an interesting observation from SA, remember to favourite it, and it might appear here at the end of the month).


Do you have a particular expertise and are keen to help out with identifications in SA? Select your favourite taxa below to head to the Identify page:
Aves / Amphibia / Reptilia / Mammalia / Ray-Finned Fishes / Mollusca / Arachnida / Insecta / Plantae / Fungi / Protozoa / Unknowns


Top observers & species observed in April




















(Data used for this post taken on the 9th of May. It excludes any observations and identifications from April that were uploaded after this date)
(This post is also available on the Epistemic Curiosity Blog)

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April 11, 2022

SA iNaturalists - March 2022 Update





This March saw 7,670 observations covering 1,914 species from a total of 488 observers. There were 106 species receiving their first iNat record in SA. This month there were 67 new observers contributing their first observations in SA. Upon this months observations, 544 identifiers contributed a total of 13,326 identifications.


The number of observers in SA has exceeded 485 each month for the last 7 months, peaking during the Great Southern Bioblitz 2021 with 591 observers during the month. During this March there were an average of 52 people recording observations on any given day, peaking at 79 observers on the 13th. The highest number of observations in one day was 503 records on the 19th.





Uploads for SA at the end of March stand at 307,505 observations of 8,822 species from 4,344 observers with, as of today, 4,957 identifiers providing 561,989 identifications.


The City Nature Challenge will be running this year from Friday 29th April through Monday 2nd May. Join the Greater Adelaide project. Observations can be made anywhere in the Greater Adelaide region. If you are looking for somewhere to visit, check out this shortlist of biodiverse locations in Greater Adelaide.


Featured Observations from March
A Southern Blue Devil (Paraplesiops meleagris) by @environ.
A Australasian Osprey (Pandion haliaetus ssp. cristatus) by @sandy_horne.
A Yellow-footed Antechinus (Antechinus flavipes) by @anthonypaul.
A Wolf Spider Hoggicosa bicolor by @rhytiphora.
A Desert Banded Snake (Simoselaps bertholdi) by @jbilby.
(These are taken from observation during the month with at least one 'favourite'. If you see an interesting observation from SA, remember to favourite it, and it might appear here at the end of the month).


Featured Project
The Belair National Park Project has recently surpassed 10,000 observations and sits as the park with the highest number of observations, species and observers in SA. With 1,220 species recorded in the park from 272 observers, the park has something to discover no matter your interest.


Do you have a particular expertise and are keen to help out with identifications in SA? Select your favourite taxa below to head to the Identify page:
Aves / Amphibia / Reptilia / Mammalia / Ray-Finned Fishes / Mollusca / Arachnida / Insecta / Plantae / Fungi / Protozoa / Unknowns


Top observers & species observed in March:




















(Data used for this post taken on the 11th of April. It excludes any observations and identifications from March that were uploaded after this date)
(This post is also available on the Epistemic Curiosity Blog)

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March 09, 2022

300,000 Verifiable Observations!





On the 8th of March 2022, we reached 300,000 verifiable observations uploaded in South Australia!



Congratulations to all who have contributed to this milestone. The first observations in SA were uploaded around mid-2011 and had only reached 4,500 by the end of 2017. Since then however the rate has increase dramatically reaching 23,500 by end of 2018, then 66,800 by end of 2019, on to 162,400 by end of 2020, and 282,700 by end of 2021.


We surpassed 100,000 observations in May 2020. It took 9 years to reach that milestone. It took only 12 months to add the second 100,000, and only 10 months to add the third 100,000! We are currently uploading over 300 new observations per day.


Alas, the exponential increase in observations cannot continue forever, and has been dropping year by year. 2018 saw a 520% increase in observations, 2019 a 280% increase, 2020 a 240% increase, and in 2021 a 170% increase. If we estimate a 140% increase this year, we'll reach 400,000 observations by the end of 2022. And all it would take is 336 observations per day.





Quick Stats:

  • 4,242 observers have uploaded records of 8,726 species across the state

  • 68.2% of all verifiable observations are Research Grade

  • 9,401 observations of 244 Threatened species

  • 22,639 observations of 932 Introduced species

  • 4,780 identifiers have made 543,600 identifications on observations from SA

  • Observations by Taxa: 56,340 Birds, 884 Amphibians, 7,293 Reptiles, 7,016 Mammals, 11,729 Ray-finned Fishes, 10,360 Molluscs, 8,832 Arachnids, 52,725 Insects, 114,858 Plants, 11,376 Fungi, 1,588 Kelp & 155 Protozoans

  • Species by Taxa: 362 Birds, 20 Amphibians, 172 Reptiles, 85 Mammals, 278 Ray-finned Fishes, 486 Molluscs, 344 Arachnids, 2,685 Insects, 3020 Plants, 499 Fungi, 71 Kelp & 15 Protozoans


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March 08, 2022

SA iNaturalists - February 2022 Update





This February saw 6,569 observations covering 1,637 species from a total of 457 observers. There were 66 species receiving their first iNat record in SA. This month there were 68 new observers contributing their first observations in SA. Upon this months observations, 542 identifiers contributed a total of 11,529 identifications.


February, being one of the hottest months, tends to produce fewer observations than any other month, except perhaps June. Local participation in iNaturalist is up 10.1% on February 2021, however observations are down 4.7% and species observed in the month down 4.2%. As the purpose of iNaturalist to is to encourage citizens to engage with nature, this aim is still being successfully fulfilled. 457 people in SA took the time this month to step outside and record something of interest.


Uploads for SA at the end of January stand at 298,457 observations of 8,703 species from 4,225 observers with, as of today, 4,780 identifiers providing 543,265 identifications. (We'll probably hit 300k observations by the time I post this!)


It's almost time for the City Nature Challenge again. Running 29th April through 2nd May. The City Nature Challenge: Greater Adelaide project is up and running. Join the project to show your support. If you're new to the CNC, see the extended introduction.


Featured Observations from February
Some great close ups of a Fairy Shrimp by @andamooka.
A Whitefly with a local name, Pseudozaphanera wariensis by @mariannebroug.
A 'Corellatoo' by @magpies_friends.
An Insect-Parasitising Nematodes by @dmail.
A suspected Cicada-Parasite Beetle Rhipicera femorata by @nomesdownunder.
The first record of Synemon theresa on iNat by @adrianuren.
A Sand-Loving Wasp taking on a Mantis by @belindacopland.
See the full list of the popular observations from February here.
(These are taken from observation during the month with at least one 'favourite'. If you see an interesting observation from SA, remember to favourite it, and it might appear here at the end of the month).


Featured Project
The Adelaide Parklands Umbrella Project brings together 32 separate park projects encompassing the 7.6 square kilometres of parks surrounding Adelaide. 374 observers have uploaded 5,400 observations from 655 species so far, with so much more to discover. Why not check out the Chequered Copper Butterfly conservation site in Victoria Park .


Do you have a particular expertise and are keen to help out with identifications in SA? Select your favourite taxa below to head to the Identify page:
Aves / Amphibia / Reptilia / Mammalia / Ray-Finned Fishes / Mollusca / Arachnida / Insecta / Plantae / Fungi / Protozoa / Unknowns


Top observers & species observed in February:




















(Data used for this post taken on the 8th of March. It excludes any observations and identifications from February that were uploaded after this date)
(This post is also available on the Epistemic Curiosity Blog)

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February 10, 2022

SA iNaturalists - January 2022 Update



This January saw 8,720 observations covering 1,955 species from a total of 507 observers. There were 94 species receiving their first iNat record in SA. This month there were 103 new observers contributing their first observations in SA. Upon this months observations, 631 identifiers contributed a total of 15,385 identifications.
Uploads for SA at the end of January stand at 289,846 observations of 8,706 species from 4,124 observers with, as of today, 4,688 identifiers providing 527,932 identifications.
The international National Park City Foundation has awarded Adelaide National Park City status, making Adelaide the first in Australia and second in the world.
Featured Observations from January
A Gasteruption Wasp with it distinctive ovipositor searching for Bee/Wasp nests by @toboote.
A Blue-billed Duck commonly sighted at Laratinga Wetland by @darcywhittaker.
A Grey Shrikethrush with a juicy meal in Para Wirra CP by @anthonypaul.
A Badge Huntsman moulting by @bryanhaywood.
See the full list of the popular observations from January here.
(These are taken from observation during the month with at least one 'favourite'. If you see an interesting observation from SA, remember to favourite it, and it might appear here at the end of the month).
Featured Project
The previously named Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park has been expanded to include the Aldinga Washpool area just to the south, taking on the new name Aldinga Conservation Park. The iNat project has over 4,000 observations of 500 species from over 100 observers. If you visit, you're almost guaranteed to see many Western Grey Kangaroos and Superb Fairywrens in the scrub, and numerous bird species at the ephemeral Washpool. (Binoculars or camera with long lens recommended at the Washpool)
Do you have a particular expertise and are keen to help out with identifications in SA? Select your favourite taxa below to head to the Identify page:
Aves / Amphibia / Reptilia / Mammalia / Ray-Finned Fishes / Mollusca / Arachnida / Insecta / Plantae / Fungi / Protozoa / Unknowns
Top observers & species observed in January:






(Data used for this post taken on the 10th of February. It excludes any observations and identifications from January that were uploaded after this date)

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January 11, 2022

SA iNaturalists - December 2021 Update



This December saw 7,079 observations covering 1,921 species from a total of 449 observers. There were 93 species receiving their first iNat record in SA. This month there were 84 new observers contributing their first observations in SA. Upon this months observations, 522 identifiers contributed a total of 12,381 identifications.
Uploads for SA at the end of December stand at 278,325 observations of 8,489 species from 3,988 observers with, as of today, 4,553 identifiers providing 508,608 identifications.
The international National Park City Foundation has awarded Adelaide National Park City status, making Adelaide the first in Australia and second in the world.
The iNaturalist 'Year in Review 2021' is available. Check out the 'Most Comments and Faves' section to see some of the most amazing observations uploaded around the world last year. Scroll to the bottom of the Year in Review page and select 'View Your 2021 Stats' to see your own 2021 summary.
Featured Observations from December
A Lomera Case Moth showing itself at Boothby Rocks by @ethanbeaver.
A patterned Neoloricate Chiton at Marino Rocks by @mtank.
A Fairy Moth at Parra Wirra by @anthonypaul.
A Female Darwin's Leaf-cutter Bee at Swan Reach by @ellurasanctuary.
A Flower-feeding March Fly in Belair NP by @mariannebroug.
A Kangaroo Island Western Whipbird in Dudley CP by @darcywhittaker.
(These are taken from observation during the month with at least one 'favourite'. If you see an interesting observation from SA, remember to favourite it, and it might appear here at the end of the month).
Featured Project
The Adelaide Parklands Umbrella Project brings together all the parks surrounding Adelaide into one overarching project currently containing over 5,000 observations. Each park has it's own self-contained collection project. Click through to find your favourite park.
Do you have a particular expertise and are keen to help out with identifications in SA? Select your favourite taxa below to head to the Identify page:
Aves / Amphibia / Reptilia / Mammalia / Ray-Finned Fishes / Mollusca / Arachnida / Insecta / Plantae / Fungi / Protozoa / Unknowns
Top observers & species observed in December:






(Data used for this post taken on the 10th of January. It excludes any observations and identifications from December that were uploaded after this date)

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December 08, 2021

SA iNaturalists - November 2021 Update



This November saw 7,905 observations covering 1,959 species from a total of 449 observers. There were 111 species receiving their first iNat record in SA. This month there were 63 new observers contributing their first observations in SA. Upon this months observations, 503 identifiers contributed a total of 13,254 identifications.
Uploads for SA at the end of November stand at 270,543 observations of 8,387 species from 3,881 observers with, as of today, 4,426 identifiers providing 491,155 identifications.
Help to make Adelaide the world's second 'National Park City' by signing the charter to show your support. For more info see the video Adelaide’s Green Movement: Actions Creating a National Park City. Read the Official Submission to the International National Park City Foundation.
Featured Observations from November

A Common Death Adder in Wahgunyah CP by @ethanbeaver.
A Triangular Spider in Scott Creek CP by @nedfisher.
A Wrap-around Spider in Talisker CP by @nomesdownunder.
A Spotted Nightjar with chick in Swan Reach CP by @ellurasanctuary.
A Waratah Anemone in the Edithburgh Tide Pool by @mtank.
The pareidolic Large Flying Duck Orchid from the Fleurieu Peninsula by @bonniefelice.
An infrequently sighted Rufous Bristlebird from Robe by @angelinbotanico.
An Owlfly in Munyaroo CP by @belindacopland.
A tussling pair of Common Blue-tongued Skinks at Flinders Uni by @cobic.
A native Land Snail Sinumelon pedasum in North-West SA by @oska1.

(These are taken from observation during the month with at least one 'favourite'. If you see an interesting observation from SA, remember to favourite it, and it might appear here at the end of the month).


Featured Project

Wapma Thura - Southern Flinders Ranges National Park. Recently proclaimed, this park comprises the former Telowie Gorge Conservation Park, Wirrabara Range Conservation Park, Spaniards Gully Conservation Park and the 'Napperby Block' (formerly part of Mount Remarkable National Park).


New iNat Projects in SA

Wapma Thura - Southern Flinders Ranges National Park
Nilpena Ediacara National Park
Cygnet Park Sanctuary
Hiltaba Nature Reserve
Murbpook Nature Reserve
Tiliqua Nature Reserve
Ballaparudda Creek Recreation Park
Park boundary updates have also been made to Charleston CP, Kaiserstuhl CP, Mount Remarkable CP and Ikara-Flinders Ranges NP.
Deep Creek Conservation Park and Cleland Conservation Park have been reformed as Deep Creek National Park and Cleland National Park.


Do you have a particular expertise and are keen to help out with identifications in SA? Select your favourite taxa below to head to the Identify page:
Aves / Amphibia / Reptilia / Mammalia / Ray-Finned Fishes / Mollusca / Arachnida / Insecta / Plantae / Fungi / Protozoa / Unknowns
Top observers & species observed in November:






(Data used for this post taken on the 7th of December. It excludes any observations and identifications from November that were uploaded after this date)

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November 08, 2021

SA iNaturalists - October 2021 Update



This October saw a new monthly record of 16,150 observations covering 2,384 species from a total of 532 observers. The previous record having been set at 13,829 during September 2020 which included the Great Southern BioBlitz 2020. There were 128 species receiving their first iNat record in SA. This month there were 103 new observers contributing their first observations in SA. Upon this months observations, 596 identifiers contributed a total of 28,827 identifications.
Uploads for SA at the end of September stand at 261,694 observations of 8,274 species from 3,785 observers with, as of today, 4,332 identifiers providing 476,315 identifications.
The Great Southern BioBlitz 2021 has wrapped up and final identification are being made. In its second year, observations have more than doubled to over 180,000, observers are up 78% to over 5,700 and species are up by 67% to over 20,000! In SA we had a similar level of participation over the BioBlitz 4 days as the previous year with around 6,400 observations of 1,200 species by 235 observers.
Help to make Adelaide the world's second 'National Park City' by signing the charter to show your support. For more info see the video Adelaide’s Green Movement: Actions Creating a National Park City.
Featured Observations from October

A Mallee Black Sugar Ant with its gaster held high by @ellurasanctuary.
A Squathopper spotted at Bookfield CP by @belindacopland.
A Grey-headed Flying-Fox from the Adelaide colony with juvenile in flight by @pamwhetnall.
A Pacific Reef Heron on the hunt at Hallet Cove beach by @darcywhittaker.
A Southern Boxer Bark Mantis in Anstey Hill RP by @anthonypaul.
A Mayfly at Hindmarsh Falls by @neilcheshire.
A Painted Cup Moth showing its defences by @mariannebroug.
A Three Spot Skipper spotted at Bonney Reserve along the Coorong.
A Jewel Beetle showing exactly why they have this common name by @belindacopland.
A Bull Ant showing its might by @seamus-doherty.
A Nudibranch from Port Noarlunga Reef by @mtank.
A Southwestern Pygmy Possum residing in a nesting box on Kangaroo Island by @rhytiphora.
(These are taken from observation during the month with at least one 'favourite'. If you see an interesting observation from SA, remember to favourite it, and it might appear here at the end of the month).


Featured Project

Eucalypts of South Australia. With 103 species of Eucalypt occurring in SA, how many can you find? Check out the full list prepared by Dean Nicolle (@dnicolle).


New iNat Projects in SA

Thornbills of South Australia (Acanthiza)
Bonney Reserve, South Australia
Potters Scrub, South Australia
Riverglades Wetlands, South Australia
Barossa Bushgardens (BBG)


Do you have a particular expertise and are keen to help out with identifications in SA? Select your favourite taxa below to head to the Identify page:
Aves / Amphibia / Reptilia / Mammalia / Ray-Finned Fishes / Mollusca / Arachnida / Insecta / Plantae / Fungi / Protozoa / Unknowns
Top observers & species observed in October:






(Data used for this post taken on the 7th of November. It excludes any observations and identifications from October that were uploaded after this date)

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October 20, 2021

Great Southern BioBlitz 2021 - Starts in 16hrs!


The Great Southern BioBlitz starts in 16hrs! The weather across much of SA looks ideal for all four days. So get your cameras ready and head out to your favourite natural space, or somewhere you've never explored before, or even into your backyard.
If you haven't yet joined the projects for the associated regions and events, here's your chance:
Great Southern BioBlitz 2021 Umbrella
Great Southern Bioblitz 2021- Oceania Umbrella Project
Greater Adelaide
City of Onkaparinga
Barossa Valley Region
The Coorong
Lower Murray
Moth Night 2021 -A Great Southern Bioblitz Project
If you're looking for last minute events to participate in, here's a couple worth checking out:
Moth Night & Wildlife Hike - Brownhill Creek, 8pm 23rd Oct. Tickets limited. (@seamus-doherty)

Great Southern Bioblitz Workshop - Barossa Bushgardens - 1pm 22nd Oct. (@mj_taylor, @speedybaby)



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