Southern Africa latest observations

Help confirm global observations

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Welcome to iSpot southern Africa. Your one-stop shop for Biodiversity on the subcontinent. Please feel free to use the site for any interesting observation you may have, to document something, to obtain an ID - by adding an observation, by looking around, or more formally by using the browser (the "surfer") or the dictionary links. Please also help others by making an ID if you know something that someone else needs an ID for.

This is a call for all botanists whom appreciate the importance of improved knowledge of species of Orobanche and also of locations of multiple populations in their region, and who may be willing to make population samples to contribute to our work and/or will know others who may do the same for us.

Please help us collect Orobanche material for DNA analysis. Our local coordinator is Suzaan Kritzinger-Klopper

More details at:


We are busy with a major dictionary update, and would appreciate help.

The following groups are ready for comment:
* Amphibians v1
* Birds v1
* Fish v1
* Mammals v1
* Reptiles v1

We need the following please:

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The second carousel above is global and not very useful. In order to try and re-enervate our local users to help with getting identifications made, we have created a number of projects that can achieve this.

Help Confirm s African observations

Quick link to s African Projects index

Nominate or Vote for Observation of the Month

Please post your pictures: we will summarize on 16 October (period extended because of baglogs)
WESSA is celebrating its 90th year of contributing to the conservation of our biodiversity heritage!
In celebration we are requesting 90 minutes of connecting with nature.



First detection of Tuta absoluta in South Africa -
At our Mozambican border.

Host plants such as Solanum lycopersicum (Tomatoes), Solanum melongena (Eggplant) and Solanum tuberosum (Potato), may be affected.

Also now detected in Namibia.

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Our Fynbos is under threat again.
This time not from Urban Expansion, Agriculture or Alien Invasive Plants.

This time is is from Dogwalkers!!!

Please help us save our Critically Endangered Cape Flats Fynbos - with over 110 threatened and conservation Concern Red List Species - from an initiative by some elite Tokaaiers who want to walk their dogs in a pine plantation due to be harvested and restored back to Fynbos.

Please sign up here:

But please do so in an informed manner.