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Welcome to iNaturalist NZ Guides!

Guides help you learn about biodiversity all around the world. Whether you're exploring the Serengeti or just your local park (which might be the Serengeti), Guides can help you make sense of our planet's stunning diversity of life.

Weeds of Oakley Creek, New Zealand

Some of the most common weeds on our hitlist

Edited by birdguywes

Te Miro Scenic Reserve, Waikato, New Zealand

Plant inventory compiled by the stated observer(s) and been provided to NZPCN for public use in good faith. SITE NAME: Te Miro SR (Q888) LIST NAME: Waikato SR reports SOURCE/OBSERVER: Waikato SR reports RM Irving & M Shinner NUMBER OF OBSERVATIONS: 93 DISTRICT: Waipa District DATE: 01/0...

Edited by stellaanita

New Zealand Stick Insects (Phasmatodea)

A pictorial guide to help assist in New Zealand stick insects identification. Be mindful that although some species may look similar, there are differences in their location and egg morphology. Some are only found in certain localities. Another good place to have a look: https://www.landcarer...

Edited by morganemerien

Macro-Moths of New Zealand's Kauri Kingdom

This guide aims to illustrate the diverse range of macro-moths recorded from New Zealand's upper North Island

Edited by tony_steer

Ngā Uruora - Kāpiti Project

All observations collected on the Paekākāriki escarpment and the surrounding area.

Edited by andymckay

Harakeke - Flax of NZ

Showcasing the different harakeke that grow in NZ.

Edited by tangatawhenua

Octopus of New Zealand

Click on the main body colour of the octopus you are trying to identify then go to that page for further information. This is for the first two listed as they cause the most confusion.

Edited by tangatawhenua, and wmblom

Plants of New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands

The New Zealand Subantarctic Islands comprise the five southernmost groups of the New Zealand outlying islands. They include Snares Islands (Tini Heke), Bounty Islands, Antipodes Islands, Auckland Islands, and Campbell Island.

Edited by kimberleycollins

A Guide to iNaturalist guides

What guides are and how to create useful ones.

Edited by tony_wills

Orchids of Northland NZ

Showcasing the different orchids of Northland

Edited by tangatawhenua

Bracket Fungi NZ

A pictorial guide to bracket fungi found in NZ

Edited by tangatawhenua

Sponges Of New Zealand

Showcasing sponges found around New Zealand. The pages are sorted from very common to rare. The names with * are found in the intertidal zone.

Edited by tangatawhenua

21.06.2017 Mana college's guide to Flora and Fauna of ZEALANDIA

List of species observed by Mana College at ZEALANDIA on the 21st of June.

Edited by manacollege

I.D. Guide to Micro-Moths of NZ's Kauri Kingdom

This guide aims to identify the diverse range of micro-moths recorded from New Zealand's upper North Island. To identify a particular species select key characteristics from the menu on the left. Adding more features narrows the search. Alternatively, if you're sure of its taxonomic category th...

Edited by tony_steer

Using NatureWatch in Schools

"Why don't you use NatureWatch?" they said. "It'll be fun!" they said. "Kids always behave better when they can get outside," they said. "Everyone will learn something, even you," they said. So you learnt that when you sent 30 kids outside with the class iPads to photograph animals and plan...

Edited by marystg

Brown Algae Seaweeds of New Zealand

A pictorial guide showcasing the common brown seaweeds found around the coast of New Zealand

Edited by tangatawhenua

Tricky Triplefins of NZ

Triplefins abound in the intertidal zone so this is a pictorial guide that showcases the different species that we have.

Edited by tangatawhenua

Jellyfish of New Zealand

Jellyfish and relatives found around New Zealand's coasts.

Edited by tony_wills

Chitons of New Zealand

Chitons in NZ and its EEZ, based on See for diagrams.

Edited by tony_wills

Beach Barnacles Of New Zealand

A guide to the barnacles found around the rocks of New Zealand beaches as well as information on which part of the intertidal they are found.

Edited by tangatawhenua

Lovely Limpets of NZ

This guide showcases the limpets that are found around the intertidal zone of New Zealand.

Edited by tangatawhenua

Intertidal Zone - Rockpool Life NZ

This guide contains what is often found in the rockpools and crevices exposed after the high tide including crabs, shellfish, starfish, fish, seaweeds, chitons, limpets and other creatures.

Edited by tangatawhenua

Getting Good Photos For Identification

There are many plants and creatures that need photos of certain parts to help with ID. So to avoid the dissapointment of not being able to get an id for that amazing plant or creature you found because you did not photograph the correct part, follow this guide to get the photos you need :) I...

Edited by tangatawhenua

Scatology for New Zealand

Examples of animal scat (including poo and regurgitated pellets) to help identify what species has 'passed' this way. A good resource:

Edited by tony_wills

Birds of Polhill Reserve

Polhill Reserve is a number of regenerating bush reserves within the halo around Zealandia - Karori Sanctuary.

Mussels of New Zealand

The various shell fish found in the wild around New Zealand which are know as "mussels".

Edited by tony_wills


Guide to the Paua (Abalone) species found in New Zealand.

Edited by tony_wills

Shags and Cormorants of New Zealand

A guide to the shag species (also known as cormorants) found in New Zealand. One third of the cormorant species known worldwide, are found in New Zealand..

Edited by tony_wills

Butterflies of New Zealand

Butterflies native and introduced, found in the wild in New Zealand. Note: the classifications of NZ copper butterflies is currently being revised, and the old names here may no longer be relevant.

Edited by tony_wills
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