Joined: Nov 24, 2019 Last Active: Dec 02, 2021 iNaturalist NZ

I joined NatureWatch/Mātaki Taiao circa 31 August 2017 on a since-deleted account after being directed from a WeedBusters page. I also really like the Roadkill New Zealand project.

Ko Kāi Tahu rāua ko Kāti Māmoe ōku iwi

I am considered a kaiwhakapapa of sorts within my whānau; the homelands of my tīpuna are in traditional Murihiku, where I will return to - meanwhile, I acknowledge the Kāti Wairaki, Ngāti Tūmatakōkiri, and Ngāti Waewae history in the area. One way I aim to do this is in understanding what was available that they may have used as they travelled through the surrounding valleys.

Quick links

Map focus on Reefton, New Zealand
"casual" (tag)
"good as can be" (tag; since I have to enter these individually, it can be helpful if you leave a message to let me know before marking it such. Pinging is optional, and this is not a mandatory.)
"pupa to adult" (tag)
Harakeke observations. - Dear curators please add the other varieties when you have the time. I will love you :D

Tags for nearby tracks and waterways:
Bottled Lightning Powerhouse Walk
Deadman Creek
Īnangahua (awa)
Kōnini Track
Reefton to Blacks Point Gorge Walking Tracks
Reefton Walkway
Zig Zag Track

Below are easy links to see how local observations get moved through the system - you begin to see how photo quality and what parts of an organism are photographed play a big part in what makes an observation research grade. 🙂 Most of my older observations were done with 14MP phone cameras, newer ones are 16MP and it's still not 'the best', but hey. Feel free to ID any of mine to a level you feel most comfortable with.

~Superorder observations (Reefton's fossil observations so far are in here!)
Order observations
Suborder - Epifamily observations
Family observations
Subfamily - Tribe observations
Subtribe - Genushybrid observations
Subgenus - Complex observations
Species - Hybrid observations
Subspecies - Infrahybrid observations

'Nature notes':
(AKA 'why is nobody identifying my thing?')

L i f e. . . You should aim to take clear, brightly lit photos. Multiple photos of different parts of an organism where possible are good.

∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ Oxychilus: Poke soft flesh with a stick and see if it releases a strong garlic scent. If yes, might be O. alliarius but smell can't be shown through photos or audio files. All Oxychilus species otherwise very similar in appearance.
∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ Flammulina - Too tired to add reword it properly but I have recently been given the advice "photograph the umbilicus (shell anatomy, examples), it would be useful to suggest species level ID."
∙ ∙ Arthropoda
∙ ∙ ∙ Juliformia: Most species will be hard to tell the difference without microscopic examination. However, the introduced species Ophyiulus pilosus has a visible spike on its rear end, is hairy, and will probably be more commonly found to live around disturbed areas (e.g. gardens).
∙ ∙ ∙ Arachnida
∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ Anoteropsis species are very identical. Measuring size and diameter including and excluding legs may help.
∙ ∙ ∙ Pterygota: eggs, larvae, pupae: - unless it's a common and/or introduced species, the best way to get these identified is to keep individuals in a container until maturity, then posting the stages separately (so that they can be appropriately annotated and show up in photo pools without being mixed up). Remember to link observations with each other as identifiers are likely to skip earlier stages. Check here for ideas on what a herbivorous species may feed on, and keep experimenting with different plants until it eats. Release if you aren't succeeding.
∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ Bombus: Only B. terrestris can be identified by stripes. The other four need to have their bums examined and can otherwise only be identified as Megabombus.
∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ Lucilia: There are two species which can be found in New Zealand that can only be diagnosed by the smaller hairs on their scutellum (back portion of the thorax). Check here and here for examples of the more common L. sericata (25-30 short hairs), and here and here for the less common L. cuprina (12-16 short hairs). The arrangement of hairs on the head, behind the eyes, also differs.
∙ ∙ Oligochaeta: most if not all 'earthworm-looking worms' will go here. Theoretically you can identify most introduced species (about 17) but there are too many native species (about 200) which need internal/microscopic examination.
∙ ∙ Geoplanidae: Use a stick to carefully flip these worms over (if there is resistance then the worm will snap in half), and take a few photos as these shots can help get something not only to species level but possibly to subspecies level.

∙ ∙ Agaricomycotina: Mushrooms will go under this taxonomic branch.
∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ Ganoderma in New Zealand can only be identified to its genus level unless DNA sequencing is used.

A blurb: Why I as Māori do not use 'Aotearoa' in my profile or observations.
It is well-known that 'Aotearoa' has been considered an 'original' name for the islands that make up the country of New Zealand, and in the debate of whether or not we should actually rename this country such, it's becoming more well-known that the name was originally only for the North Island, and mistaken by British pākehā as the name for that of the whole country. Mostly, Polynesians did not name whole sets of islands like that, so it's even less likely that they'd have named the two biggest islands in Polynesia that way.

While I would like our country to be renamed into something more unique and pertaining to te reo Māori as opposed to 'New [somewhere]', 'Aotearoa' is not a good choice, as it is exclusionary against Wahipounamu iwi and insulting to all of our tīpuna from both islands; 'Aotearoa' as a country name is, at worst, a leftover of colonialism being a pākehā mistake in the first place - tell me, whose revival is this? The revival of Māori culture, or a modern evolution of colonialism?

It is better to leave the name as is until we think up a completely non-controversial option. Focusing on 'Aotearoa' is not helpful and is a drain of our collective brain power. Outside of that, we do have other things to think about as a country and as Naturalists on the New Zealand branch of iNaturalist.

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