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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. And by "I agree"-ing you can help beginners earn a reputation in a group that interests them (and you).

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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.

  • Protea compacta in Kleinmond Coast and Mountain Nature Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa (photo by Jane Carlson). Cover Picture:  The Royal Society Proceedings B.

Extrapolating from local ecological processes to genus-wide patterns in colour polymorphism in South African Protea

Jane E. Carlson and Kent E. Holsinger 2015

A new paper describing iSpot's crowd-sourcing approach to species identification has been published in the open-access journal ZooKeys.

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SeaKeys is the first large collaborative project funded by the Foundational Biodiversity Information Program. Over the next three years, more than 30 SeaKeys team members from many organisations will work together to unlock marine biodiversity knowledge and opportunities.


The Cape Granite Flax has been found on a CREW outing this weekend. Congratulations to the Peninsula Crew team on their discovery. The observation can be seen at:

Gigi writes:
"One of the first things I learnt from Ismail over the past ten months since I joined the CREW team, is that "Special" doesn't always mean big or showy when it comes to threatened species, and there is much reward to be found in looking for the small and seemingly uninteresting plants as well.

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iSpot has been advertized on SAA and affiliate inflight magazines. Please keep an eye out for it.

Credit to Sallyslak for - Mauvtached Lappet.

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