January 20, 2020



Ask your questions here and we will try and answer them.

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June 22, 2018

Interactions are now loaded.

Our iSpot interactions are now uploaded onto iNaturalist as a Project.

We hope next year to have them in a module on their own.

Please check the data.

  1. are all the old dark side interactions on?
  2. do all interactions have an active and a passive link?
  3. are the interactions correctly posted.

Please report any issues here.

How can we use this data?
Unfortunately it is not simple, but the philosophy is:
-- select your taxon
-- decide on the type of interaction you are interested in
... do you need a project or an observation field?
-- choose your filters appropriately from the explore menu.

Here are your important variables:
in the project: &project_id=interactions-s-afr
in the field: &field:Visiting%20a%20flower%20of:%20(Interaction)

Note unfortunately, you can only find observations of the species. You cannot find the species that they are interacting with - that is what we need the interactions module for.
More sophisticated filters are possible (e.g. eaten and parasitized by), but not if they involve taxon data from the other size of the interaction.

e.g. observations with any interaction to Beeflies: (use projects)

e.g. observations with Orangebreast Sunbirds visiting flowers: (use fields)

e.g. observations of passive interactions to Figs (i.e. eaten by, parasitized by, etc.):

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October 13, 2017

Interactions in southern Africa

iNat does not do interactions.

This project is to try and catch interactions in the meantime until a module is developed

There are already some odd systems on iNat to try and do this. But I have not yet found one that meets our needs.

The problem with interactions is that often one does not know either of the observations. And one wants to link an observation with an observation so that it can be checked, and not a species.

So we dont want to put everything on twice (although of course it will be easy to wean out issues in future), so please think about your interactions.
What we will do is post the ACTIVE observation as the Observation and the PASSIVE observation as the link. Symmetrical interactions choose any one - but why dont we choose the bigger one first?

So if your observation does not match the choices for interaction, then you should rather link from the other observation.

Your choices are:
* Visiting a flower of

  • Eating
  • Parasitizing
  • Carrying
  • Attached to
  • Associated with

Although this project is primarily southern African and designed to be iSpot compatible, it is open to anyone. less ↑

Posted on October 13, 2017 13:06 by tonyrebelo tonyrebelo | 6 comments | Leave a comment