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.

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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)

IN THE POST. IF YOU DONT HAVE AN ORDER, THEN ORDER NOW: YOU ARE MISSING OUT!!!

 
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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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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.

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I need to collect fresh samples of African Ixodes, and if possible include some specimens from outside of Africa. The genus is in need of a modern treatment. So I will look into a revision/key as well as their phylogenetics/evolution and distribution modeling, niche characterisation etc...

 

As you may have noticed, iSpot was unavailable on and off periodically from Thursday evening, March 16th to Saturday March 18th 2017. We have been dealing with an influx of spam on the site and have had to take the site offline as needed as a precautionary measure to manage this. We are monitoring the situation so please do bear with us as we work to resolve it. We apologise for any inconvenience this may be cause.

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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:
https://www.change.org/p/help-restore-our-critically-endangered-sand-fyn...

But please do so in an informed manner.