Saryu Mae Curator

Joined: Nov 28, 2019 Last Active: May 22, 2022 iNaturalist NZ

ID confirmations & ID suggestions & comments for my observations are really appreciated:*

・My expertise: Malacology (Study of molluscs), Invertebrate zoology, paleontology
・Groups I am most passionate with: Molluscs, any marine organisms, soil invertebrates, arthropods, small plants, algae and fungi. In fact, there is no organism I am not interested in.
・I frequently ID observations from: New Zealand, Australia, Japan and South Korea.

・Who I am: A high school student in Auckland, New Zealand, working towards becoming an invertebrate zoologist.
Born in Japan, living in NZ since 2019. He/him, 15 y/o.
・Languages I speak: 日本語/Japanese, English

Don't hesitate to contact me by @ in comments or by message or email maesaryu(a) for any questions, ID requests, photo use requests or anything else.
I am always happy to collect, preserve and send specimens to researchers for scientific purposes.


Inaturalist discord server: recommended for all Inat users.

My observations of specimen shells from my collection

My mollusc observations, including in situ photography as well as specimen photos

What I do on Inaturalist:
・Observing every organism I see, especially molluscs, insects and other small invertebrates.
I also try to photograph groups which aren't in my expertise e.g. plants to increase my knowledge about them.
・Adding Identifications for worldwide Molluscs and some taxa I have experiences with, especially those from New Zealand and Japan
・Updating taxonomy of Inaturalist (e.g. adding new taxa) and moderating Inat community as a curator
・Answering any questions related to my IDs and observations, also to have fun with other Inatters :)
🐌 Feel free to mention me @glycymeris in comments if there are any questions or disagreements with IDs or anything else - I am happy to answer and I normally reply within a couple days as an Inaturalist addict.

All of the photos I post on Inaturalist were taken and edited only by me unless other's names are mentioned.
Anyone can use my CC-BY photographs but a clear citation of the credit (needs to be Saryu Mae, not as @ glycymeris please) is always required. I would be happier if you could notify me in comments, messages or by email if you plan to use any of those. Possibly I can provide a better photo!

・Reasons of why I add IDs to old observations, even if they are already identified and being "research grade"
In Inaturalist community, there are not many identifiers specialized to Molluscs.
Often people use AI IDer or suggest species just by simple guess, and I frequently see many "research grade" observations are actually wrongly identified.

Because these mistakes are so common and many "research grade" observations are not too reliable even with some agreeing IDs, I have been trying to go through all the past mollusc observations and agreeing for correct ones, suggesting a new ID for the ones I find incorrect. I know that I can use "reviewed" section but there is no reason for me not to add ID when I checked their IDs are correct at my view.

I aim to add as many accurate mollusc identifications as I can, so I can be notified when someone adds disagreeing ID or comments which should be considered. This is one of my main purpose, because it happens often that correcting IDs suggested by other mollusc identifier are not reviewed by anyone so the ID for the observation stay inprecise and inaccurate which is not good.

Recently I am working on checking IDs for common land snails such as Cornu aspersum and I have already spotted hundreds of other species being misidentified as Cornu.

About me
I born and lived in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan for 12 years until I came to New Zealand in 2019 where I currently live.

I have been particularly interested in geology and paleontology since I was 5 years old, and my interest extended to malacology, which is the study of recent and fossil molluscs (a group of animal including snails, bivalves and octopuses).
I am also very interested in general invertebrate Zoology (Echinodermology etcetra) and Botany, Mineralogy and Geology.

Taxon Changes
As a curator, I update Inaturalist's database to the newest taxonomic tree, based on Molluscabase. Feel free to mention me if any taxon changes of molluscs were needed.

Wellington Shell Club (New Zealand)
NPO Network for Shizuoka Prefecture Museum of Natural History (Japan)

Kenji YOKOYAMA and Saryu MAE. 2018. Shell fossils and the sedimentation environment of the shell fossil dense layer of The Middle Pleistocene Negoya Formation
at Negoya in the Udo Hill, Shizuoka City, central Japan

This is an article about deep water fauna and environment of a formation formed in middle Pleistocene(Chibanian) I have co-authored in 2017, and I was in charge of collecting, preserving, identifying of deep-water mollusc fossils from the formation.

Instagram (English)

Twitter (日本語)


It is my wish that all of the content I have contributed to iNaturalist (Observations, Identifications, comments, medias, etc) remain on the site in the event of my death, which hopefully will not be soon :)

(About me in Japanese)

前 朝琉 という者です。生き物屋で、自称貝屋ですがすべての無脊椎動物・古生物・変な生物に非常に興味があります。変人です。静岡市出身で、2019年からニュージーランドのオークランドに住んでいます。2022年から日本でいう高校1年になりました。将来的には軟体動物を中心に生物学や関連した研究をすることを志望しています。

最近、twitterなどでInaturalistを宣伝(?)している張本人です。Inaturalistの使い方、サイトが改善すべきところ、設定の方法や使い方など、なんでも相談に乗りますので、お気軽にメッセージ、またはコメントで@glycymeris とメンションしていただければ、できるだけお手伝いします。




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