Diario del proyecto GSBiogroup

22 de julio de 2021

GSBiogroup surpasses 100, 000 observations

As a group, we have been collecting observations on iNaturalist for a long time. However, at the start of the year back at the end of January, we set up this project to collect observations by the organisers of our southern spring bio blitz the Great Southern Bioblitz
Great Southern Bioblitz

It is a wonderful thing that this project has grown record over 100,000 observations from across our network, with many observations in Australia, Southern Africa, South America and the Pacific.

The most active user on the project is David Torres (AKA @dawicho) from the amazing Pichincha region of Ecuador, it looks like the Quito & Pichincha area will have an advantage in the 2021 Great Southern Bioblitz. I have included some of the great observations by @dawicho below.

Concave-nosed Striped-Sweat Bee Agapostemon nasutus (left), Thread-waisted Sand Wasps Genus Ammophila (right)
These are fantastic contributions to the knowledge of the biodiversity of this region of Ecuador as the copyright has been set as 'some rights reserved' (CC-BY-NC) which means that this information is shared with GBIF. Check out all the observations made by @dawicho in the GSBiogroup
Nick Lambert (@nicklambert) from Australia has observed the most species within the same period, observing 1, 883 (2,278) species within the same period, an amazing effort. Nicks most observed species within this period was Angled Australian Barkhopper Paraselina brunneri pictured below observed in Korora NSW, Australia

I have also included this fantastic observation bt South Australian enthusiast @cobaltducks

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus, ©Geoffrey Cox, Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park, SA, Australia

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11 de mayo de 2021

Aproaching 60, 000

As we approach 60K observations on our @inaturalist project I give you a brief review of our observations.

Elephant Weevil Orthorhinus cylindrirostris observed by @nicklambert, Coffs Harbour NSW, Australia

This spectacular Ceroplesis capensis About 5cm, near a planted keurboom (Virgilia sp.) observed by @jeremygilmore in Western Cape, South Africa.

A Pasture Day Moth Apina callisto from Canberra, Australia, observed by @claudiarose

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus, ©Geoffrey Cox (
@cobaltducks), Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park, SA, Australia

Macro Madness from Botswana

Hyllus argyrotoxus (above right), spider (above left) from Ngamiland East, Botswana, © Grant Reed (

Crimson-speckled Flunkey Utetheisa pulchella (above right), Elfins Genus Sarangesa
(above left) from Ngamiland East, Botswana, © Grant Reed (

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13 de marzo de 2021

GSBiogroup is off to a flying start!

The Southern Hemisphere is home to some of the world's most amazing biodiversity, and we want to share this with the world!
With this in mind the organisers of the Great Southern Bioblitz created this project so the GSB organiseres, participants it's supporters and share their observations and stories from all over the Southern Hemisphere, covering southern Africa , Oceania and South America.

In the first six weeks or so we have gained 37 active members who between them have contributed 14, 158 observations of 3,583 species reflecting the membership of some of our most active users from the global south. To highlight these efforts we are suggesting that members contribute journal posts from time to time, that highlight either observations from their region or that they have made themselves, like these below, let me know if you are interested.

The Guinea pig, a common pet in many parts of the world is a species native to the Andes, it has also recently been discovered to inhabit wetlands in coastal western Peru (eg.below right, observed by @diego_amazonia). it looks like this population is providing a nice hunting ground for the local raptors like this Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus which as observed by @ruthgo carrieing off an unfortunate individual. Ruth told me 'Fue un momento impactante, el gavilán estaba en lo alto de una palmera, vimos que bajó sigilosamente y luego empezó a brincar. El ave levantó el vuelo llevándose consigo al cuy, sus chillidos era muy fuertes. y el cuy no parecía tan pequeño.'

Congratulations to Ruth Gutiérrez Oliveros (
@ruthgo), for an exceptional record for iNaturalist !
What have you observed around your City?

You will notice some of our most prolific contributors are @tonyrebelo and @nicklambert both members live in biodiversity hotspots, and with a view like this who can blame @tonyrebelo for wanting to share his adventures in nature?

Rock Candlewood Maytenus oleoides (center frame) Blackburn gulley, Silvermine Nature Reserve, Table Mountain National Park, ©Ton Rebelo

While @nicklambert seems to have a thing for the smaller side of life at the moment like this Ectomocoris ornatus an Assassin Bug from Nambucca Heads NSW.

Check out some other fantastic observations below!

Rufous Whistler Pachycephala rufiventris observed by nature lover @deborod at Gilmore Paddocks, Tuggeranong, ACT, Australia

A Long-tailed Mockingbird Mimus longicaudatus chick observed by @awsalas in Jirón Aprile Jorge, Departamento de Lima

Eastern Warthog Phacochoerus africanus ssp. massaicus in Mugumoini, Nairobi, Kenya snapped by @waswala

And check out this massive Robber fly Neoaratus hercules from Victoria, Australia thanks to @billelder

What a stunning photo of a Scaled Chachalaca Ortalis squamata hiding in a tree by @carmentavares, who looks to be uploading some historic observations, nice work Carmen!

Lets no forget the plants

Chlorophytum krookianum from Winston Park, Gillitts, South Africa, was seen by @james_deacon as one of only 30 observations

Dont forget to follow on Social Media
The Great Southern Bioblitz team have a Facebook page Great Southern Bioblitz
We are also on Twitter GSBioblitz
and Instagram gsbioblitz
Contact us through social media or via greatsouthernbioblitz@gmail.com

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