South African Red List now linked to iSpot

South African Red List now linked to iSpot - Southern Africa : At a click on iSpot you can now see the Red List status, population trends, distribution (with maps where available) and more photographs (when available) for all species that have been officially assessed to date. How cool is that? At this stage,

At a click on iSpot you can now see the Red List status, population trends, distribution (with maps where available) and more photographs (when available) for all species that have been officially assessed to date.

How cool is that?

At this stage, this means only plants, as the other groups are still being assessed, but they will come online as soon as their assessments are finalized and uploaded onto the SANBI Red List site.

For this to work, the species must have a Taxonomy. Species with a Taxonomy have their order and family shown in the Right-Hand column above "add an observation." If a species does not have a Taxonomy it is usually because of a spelling mistake in the identification or because there is a subspecies or variety.

In the case of invertebrates or fungi, the species names are not yet loaded into the Taxonomy, and so this function is not yet operative. The Taxonomy is taken directly from the official South African National Biodiversity Institute's list of animal, plant and fungi names and synonyms, and these groups are only being incorporated at present.

30 Sep 2011
Tony Rebelo