Red List Alert

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One in four South African plant species is of conservation concern. Have you spotted one of them? Would you like to contribute to its conservation? Then notify the Red List team at SANBI's Threatened Species Programme of your find by tagging your observation with the keyword redlist.


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What is a species of conservation concern?

A species of conservation concern is listed in one of the following categories on South Africa's national plant Red List.

Extinct (EX)
Extinct in the Wild (EW)
Critically Endangered (CR) - including species tagged as 'Possibly Extinct'
Endangered (EN)
Vulnerable (VU)
Near Threatened (NT)
Data Deficient (DDD or DDT)
Critically Rare

How to find out a plant species' Red List status?

If you are using the Southern African community's dictionary to recommend a scientific name, a link to the species' page on the Red List will automatically be added. Just click on 'Search Red List of South African Plants for [your species' name]' and find out!

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More useful information

Please provide, if you can, some information on the condition of the habitat, population size (the number of plants you saw), and any threats that are likely to affect the plants at the locality of your observation. You can add this information to the Description - see this observation for an example.

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Please provide accurate co-ordinates

Please provide co-ordinates that are as accurate as possible! Locality information for species of conservation concern is used in land-use decisions such as where to set up new nature reserves or biodiversity stewardship agreements, as well as where to allow developments. Do not provide false co-ordinates or reduce the co-ordinate precision by shortening or rounding the numbers after the decimal - such practices make the data completely useless and could result in costly misdirection of conservation efforts.

If you are concerned about revealing sensitive localities or species, then use the 'Hide precise location' option. We will still be able to receive your precise co-ordinates via a project data extract.

Can't remember exactly where you saw the plant? Please indicate this information under 'Description', and give an indication of your uncertainty, something like "somewhere within x km from this point".

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Taxonomic tangles

Q: Help! The dictionary recommends a different scientific name than the one on the Red List - which one should I use?

A: Yes, species' scientific names change all the time. iSpot's taxonomic dictionary is updated more frequently than the Red List, and the reality is that you will come across names used on the Red List that are synonyms according to iSpot's dictionary. Do not worry - you can use either name. We will be able to link the likely ID on your observation to the correct species on the Red List.

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Great project Lize

and beautifully explained


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iSpot observations and CREW forms

Hi Lize

If we have already submitted CREW forms for a particular population, will it still be helpful to tag an observation of that population for inclusion in this project, or will it complicate data capturing on your side?

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We are using the tag

But that is a very valid point Adriaan. We will wait to hear from Lize


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Don't worry about duplication...

You are welcome to tag records you have submitted CREW forms for. Rather have duplicates than omissions!

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Thanks Lize.

Will do


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Disagreeing with a species Red List status?

Do you have any questions or concerns about a species' Red List status? Don't just express your frustrations on iSpot! Please, do the right thing: Use the 'comment on this assessment' link at the bottom of every species' Red List page, and let us (the people at the Threatened Species Programme) know. That way we can do something about it. You can even, if it is too much trouble to explain yourself again, just paste a link to your iSpot comment in the email.

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It is not too much trouble,

but we did need to be told the proper procedure. We thought that we were doing the right thing by putting it on the observation


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No feedback so far

Unfortunately, the people at the Threatened Species Programme are seemingly not very interested in comments on assessments in the Red List. I sent one via e-mail almost two month ago, but have never received any feedback. It's a pity. :-( Or do I expact too much? ;-)

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Problem solved :-)

My e-mail was moved to the junk folder. Thanks for contacting me, Lize.

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You're welcome! Good that you

You're welcome! Good that you kept on trying, your observation is a real special find!

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Reporting Requirements

Hi Lize

I struggled to find this thread even after it was pointed out to me by Tony. Could I suggest a brief "reporting suggestions" paragraph at "Red List of SA Plants" site. It seems the most logical place to find such information.


Peter R Warren

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It is on the page

Click on the Red List Words on the top of the Redlist page.
That opens the home page

and the link is there: just click it.