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.


We are nearing the end of the current phase of iSpot redevelopment work and there will be some disruption to iSpot service as this comes into effect next week.

iSpot will be offline from the afternoon of Monday June 26th, 2017. It will take a day or two to enable the changes to take effect and we ask for your patience as this process is implemented. iSpot should be back online by Thursday June 29, 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience caused from the lack of service over this timeline.

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Sedge (Cyperaceae) Genera of Africa and Madagascar
by Jane Browning and Paul Goetghebeur
Sedges (of the plant family Cyperaceae) can appear seemingly insignificant. On closer inspection, however, their hidden, complex and remarkable constructive design is revealed.

If you are able to devote a few hours over the weekend - or perhaps the next - to testing the new site, please contact me urgently. Numbers will be limited to a handful of testers, so please only respond if you have plenty of time and are willing to try and break iSpot. Clearly you will need lots of iSpot knowledge, so only users with over 1000 observations are eligible, unless you can make a very good case otherwise.

Details are still sketchy ...

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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


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Our long awaited Ant Book is out!

R50 discount still applies: merely post an Ant observation on iSpot to be eligible!

Order your copy now.
Only R245 to iSpotters!
Offer valid until 18 March 2017 (& until further notice)


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Request for assistance in determining the distribution and prevalence of an the Silky Oak Grevillea robusta

We are assessing the invasive potential of the Silky Oak in South Africa.

In order to assess the appropriate categorization of the Silky Oak we need detailed information on its current distribution. We would like your help please.