09 de septiembre de 2019

Use Duplicate instead of uploading multiple copies of a photo that has multiple observations in it

I scuba dive and frequently have a photo of a school of fish. The fish in the school might all be the same or not, and fish that school together often appear very similar. So either I have a picture with one species or many species.

🐠 If I think they're all the same species, I post the photo and explain in the Notes/Description that I think they're all the same and to please correct me if they're not.

If someone suggests they're multiple species, I:

  1. Duplicate the observation. That photo is now referenced by 2 observations.
  2. Identify which species I want to ID in each observation. Sometimes you can just explain in the text of each observation like I did in this pair of observations:

    Sometimes you need to circle them in copies of the photo and add a marked photo to each observation. I can't find an example of this scenario.

This doesn't allow me to record how many fish are in the school in a searchable way, like would be possible if I made an observation for each fish regardless of species. It also doesn't allow me to mark attributes like adult versus juvenile, male versus female, and so on, if the photo contains a mix. But I don't care about that. If someone does care, they can ask me.

🐠 If I think a photo contains multiple species, I do it similarly:

If I think iNat users will be confused, like if I want to identify a camouflaged fish on a colorful sponge, I create an observation for one of them, duplicate it, and then add a closeup of the transparent fish as the first photo to the fish's observation. I also include an explanation in the sponge's observation that the observation is the sponge.

Check out this example:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31905872
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31906279

🐠 In coral reef photos, there are often many species. Here's a photo where I got carried away and created many observations. The duplicated photo links to all the associated observations:
https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/49769776

(Based on my reply to an iNat forum question)

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19 de agosto de 2019

Nudibranch & Sea Slug ID Resources

🐌 Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs Identification: Indo-Pacific book, Vol 2, by Gosliner, Valdés, and Behrens (available in print and online from New World Publications)

🐌 Reef Creature Identification 3rd EDITION: Florida Caribbean Bahamas, by Paul Humann, Ned DeLoach and Les Wilk (available in print and online from New World Publications)

🐌 Nudibranch Behavior, by Behrens (available in print and online from New World Publications)

🐌 The now reference-only Sea Slug Forum (http://www.seaslugforum.net)

🐌 Sea Slug World: https://en.seaslug.world/
🐌 Sea Slugs of Hawaii: http://seaslugsofhawaii.com

🐌 An article I want to read behind a $50 paywall:
Title
Reading between the lines: revealing cryptic species diversity and colour patterns in Hypselodoris nudibranchs (Mollusca: Heterobranchia: Chromodorididae)
Abstract
A molecular phylogeny is presented for 48 species of the genus Hypselodoris (Family: Chromodorididae), which incorporated 64 newly sequenced specimens. Hypselodoris is monophyletic and divided into clades that exhibit varying support. Novel diversity was found, with the distinctness of 17 new species of Hypselodoris supported by the molecular phylogeny, subsequent species delimitation analysis and morphological data. The following species are described here: Hypselodoris alburtuqali Gosliner & Johnson sp. nov., Hypselodoris brycei Gosliner & Johnson sp. nov., Hypselodoris cerisae Gosliner & Johnson sp. nov., Hypselodoris confetti Gosliner & Johnson sp. nov., Hypselodoris iba Gosliner & Johnson sp. nov., Hypselodoris juniperae Gosliner & Johnson sp. nov., Hypselodoris katherinae Gosliner & Johnson sp. nov., Hypselodoris lacuna Gosliner & Johnson sp. nov., Hypselodoris melanesica Gosliner & Johnson sp. nov., Hypselodoris paradisa Gosliner & Johnson sp. nov., Hypselodoris perii Gosliner & Johnson sp. nov., Hypselodoris roo Gosliner & Johnson sp. nov., Hypselodoris rositoi Gosliner & Johnson sp. nov., Hypselodoris skyleri Gosliner & Johnson sp. nov., Hypselodoris variobranchia Gosliner & Johnson sp. nov., Hypselodoris violacea Gosliner & Johnson sp. nov. and Hypselodoris yarae Gosliner & Johnson sp. nov. Further examination of colour patterns supports previous suggestions that inheritance of colour patterns from common ancestors occurs, as do convergences, driven by Müllerian mimicry.

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14 de agosto de 2019

Shrimp ID Resources

🔹 Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific, by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach, from New World Books available online in print and eBook.

🔹 Banded coral shrimp/boxer shrimp:
https://reefbuilders.com/2015/04/15/photographic-identification-guide-stenopus-shrimp/

🔹 Vir commensal shrimp:
http://www.starfish.ch/c-invertebrates/commensal-shrimps.html#Vir

🔹 More shrimp:
http://www.starfish.ch/index.html

🍤 How I identify a specific goby shrimp that's not in the Humann & DeLoach book

Fine-striped Snapping Shrimp, Alpheus ochrostriatus
It's more clear when you can see the two white saddles farther down the shrimp's body. But the fine beige lines down a pale body (or vice versa) with yellowish legs is how I ID them.

Here is an example from a site with (I think) a good ID track record:
http://www.starfish.ch/Fotos/crustaceans-Gliederfuesser/shrimps-Garnelen/Alpheus-ochrostriatus9.jpg

It also seems to be used in the aquarium trade:
http://www.saltcorner.com/AquariumLibrary/browsespecies.php?CritterID=2602

If I'm wrong, I'll have to go back and correct a bunch of IDs.

There's a Red Sea shrimp that has the 2 white saddles but it's not in any way yellow in any pictures I've seen, has dark antennae & a fat dark crescent under its front leg, and has dark bands in addition to the saddles. It's the Djedda Snapping Shrimp, Alpheus djeddensis.

I explained it in this observation:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/8494511

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23 de junio de 2019

🗝 Keys to Equisetum species

These keys all need the vegetative stalks in addition to the reproductive ones.

American Fern Journal (you need an ID to read it, but it's free for a limited number of articles per month):
🗝 https://www.jstor.org/stable/1543973?read-now=1&seq=3#metadata_info_tab_contents

eFloras.org:
🗝 http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=111897

LSA Herbarium, University of Michigan:
🗝 https://www.michiganflora.net/genus.aspx?id=Equisetum

The Jepson Herbarium at the University of California, Berkeley:
🗝 http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?key=9816

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