Karoo BioGaps

Ismail's picture

To document fauna and flora in the Greater Karoo region
Currently the Karoo is poorly surveyed for biodiversity (indigenous animals and plants) and there are large gaps in our understanding of which species occur in which parts of the Karoo. There is a need for field surveys to be conducted to discover which plants and animals occur in which habitats. Information gathered from the fieldwork in the Karoo will allow us to gain a clear understanding of species distribution patterns and allow us to determine which species are common and widespread and which are rare and restricted only to certain areas of the Karoo. Such assessments are critical to determine priority habitats that may be sensitive to future proposed changes in landuse. The collection of baseline information on animals and plants is therefore important to inform development planning
We strongly encourage people to go out into the Karoo landscape and document the biodiversity of the area.
PLEASE NOTE: Make an effort to get the permission of the landowners before going onto their land.
You can contact the CREW team for contact details we have available for landowners and sites. We can also give you a list of sites that we would like visited.
Contact: Gigi Laidler - G.Laidler@sanbi.org.za or Ismail Ebrahim - I.Ebrahim@sanbi.org.za

KAroo landscape
Tritonia karooica

Observations in your project area


Andrewm's picture


Remove the tag and you will get more results. :)

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Ismail, if you remove the tag, we can see what has been observed in the area already. Just remember to choose "Likely_IDs only" so that you don't end up with duplicate obs on the project.

It will help us all with IDing the stuff we find on the weekend as well if we have some reference here already :-)

Good project!

Tritonia Gallery

Andrewm's picture

Wish I was there.

Wish I was coming, but I cant. Damn.

Karoopixie's picture


Wish you were coming too :-(

Tritonia Gallery

Tony Rebelo's picture

Agreed 2

Remove the tag and see all the data. Keep the tag for only "official" data.

This is defined by the area and ALL data are useful, not just those tagged by participants.

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Tag removed


Over 3 400 observations and counting ...

click the map tab above
click add more (1000 are normally shown) until all are added
ZOOM in to anywhere and see the fine detail of the data submitted.

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As of now: 3 758 Observations

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As of now: 4 271 observations

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Over 5500 observations

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Please fix

the western boundary includes fynbos from west of the Tankwa - please fix.

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List of BioGaps sites to be surveyed.

There are 60 sites to be sampled for plants and animals in the Karoo. These are the ones summarizing data to date.

30 Essential pentads All groups should visit these:

30 S
T? 3050_2500 - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-3050-2500
T? 3055-2540 - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-3055-2540

31 S
T? 3110_2030 - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-3110-2030
T? 3120_2305 - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-3120-2305
T? 3140_2320 - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-3140-2320
T? 3150_2225 - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-3150-2525
T? 3150_2605 - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-3150-2605
T? 3155_2250 - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-3155-2250
T? 3155_2330 - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-3155-2330

32 S
T8231 - 3210_2150 - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-3210-2150
T? 3210_2445 - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-3210-2445
T116 - 3240_2020 - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-3240-2020

33 S
T1 - 3300_2455 - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-3300-2455

20 Optional pentads - some of these will be Bioblitzed:

31 S
Brandvlei 3115_2525 - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-3115-2525 **
Great Seacow Gat 3125_2610 - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-3125-2610 **
Winchester 3140_2640 - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-3140-2640 **

32 S
Spioenkop 3205_2545 - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-3205-2545 **
Rockcliffe 3255_2535 - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-3255-2535 **

10 Additional Plant pentads.

none posted yet

Those marked ** have been visited by crews who have posted observations.


Tony Rebelo's picture

Projects for Biogaps on iSpot

We have added some new projects to help you with following BioGaps.

Here are some to the major groups
Vertebrates - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-vertebrates
Goggos - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-goggos
Beetles - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-beetles
Butterflies and Moths - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-lepidoptera

Plants - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-plants
Fungi - http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-fungi-and-lichens

Note that the "List" page is best for reviewing observations, but the "Gallery" page is best for finding observations of a species that you know by sight. The "Maps" page is best for an overview of coverage.

and if you would like to help us, we are having problems identifying these observations. Can you help?

Unidentified: http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-help-with-ids


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current Summary:

We have a number of projects:
PLEASE HELP WITH ID: http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-help-with-ids

Note: this is just for observations without IDs, IDs to family or generic level need to be obtained from spreadsheets supplied by iSpot.
Note: the list tab is best for evaluating IDs, the map is best for zooming in on areas, the gallery for a quick scan

Numbers: (UnID is only from Biogaps)

- Plants sA: 132 761 (14 795 taxa) BioGaps: 3617 unID: 655 http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-plants

- Fungi and lichens sA: 6 112 (465 taxa) BioGaps: 284 unID: 8 http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-fungi-and-lichens

- Vertebrates: sA: BioGaps: 916 unID: 2 http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-vertebrates

- - Mammals sA: 6 200 (324 taxa) BioGaps: 350 UnID: 2 (one skull, one dung)

- - Reptiles & Amphibians sA: 7 270 (518 taxa) BioGaps: 243 UnID: 0

- - Freshwater fish (not easy to pull out) sA (all fish): 9 080 (941 taxa) BioGaps: 10 UnID: 0

- Invertebrates sA: 7 162 (522 taxa), excl. arthr & moll) BioGaps: 654 unID: 18 (since curated = 0)
. . http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-goggos

- - Chelicerae sA: 5 475 (580 taxa)
- - Insects sA: 37 757 (4 061 taxa)

- Scorpions (Scorpiones) sA: 538 BioGaps: 15
rank CountOfID
Family 1
Genus 29
Species 432

- Grasshoppers (Orthoptera): sA: 1 975 BioGaps: 75
rank CountOfID
Order 68
Family 849
Genus 249
Species 748
Other 40

- Butterflies (Papilionoidea) sA: 5 378 BioGaps: 129

- Spiders (Araneae) sA: 4 087 BioGaps: 41

- Dragonflies (Odonata) sA: 2 462 BioGaps: 25
rank CountOfID
Order 10
Family 65
Genus 89
Species 1914
Other 92

- Bees (Apoidea) sA: 1 215 BioGaps: 14
rank CountOfID
Family 172
Tribe 75
Genus 283
Species 533
Other 168

Plants – Biogaps region only: observations: note 655 observations undidentified – http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/karoo-biogaps-help-with-ids

- Asteraceae 499
- Aizoaceae 379
- Iridaceae 212

- Crassulaceae 193
- Poaceae 109
- Euphorbiaceae 86

Compiled for the BioGaps team for planning the 2017 field season.