How to figure out if an observation is a first discovery

We've started this project as a place to draw together observations that are first wild records for NZ nationally, or regionally, or first wild records in a decade or more, nationally or regionally.

Figuring this out can get tricky because many NZ museum specimens in many taxonomic groups are still not digitized and publicly available. Because of this, the NZ discovery and NZ rediscovery fields used by this project separate first online observations from verified first observations.

The best way to assess if an observation is first online, or first online in a decade, is to search on the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. GBIF pulls together all of the world's available online species observations, including all research grade iNaturalist ...more ↓

Posted on October 19, 2018 08:15 PM by jon_sullivan jon_sullivan | 3 comments | Leave a comment

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This project collects together important discoveries made on iNaturalist NZ of wild exotic and native species new to science, new to New Zealand, and new rediscoveries of species not seen in NZ for over a decade.

Each observation added should include one, or both, of the observation fields "New Zealand discovery" and " ...more ↓

jon_sullivan created this project on October 07, 2018
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