Australasian Fish Project on iNaturalist now live!

11 months 2 weeks ago #302794 by Shadowkiller
Shadowkiller created the topic: Australasian Fish Project on iNaturalist now live!
Are feeling frustrated not being able to put a species name to that lovely photo you took in one of Australia's territorial waters or inland waterways?

Angry that you just can't be sure if that goby is a Nesogobius or a slightly different Nesogobius?

Just feel like sharing your pics and your thoughts on fish behaviour?

Help is at hand: www.inaturalist.org/projects/australasian-fishes

The iNaturalist website is a global observation and identification site that aims to let the community contribute to scientific research by posting observations which can then be identified and commented upon by the sites members.

Mark McGrouther of the Australian Museum, one of Australia's foremost fish experts has started the Australasian Fish Project which aims to catalog images of sharks, rays and bony-fishes from Australia (and hopefully soon NZ). Just two months after the 'soft" launch we are closing in on 3500 observations and have cataloged over 900 salt and freshwater fish species. Due to the AMS connection, there are several internationally renown fish taxonomists prowling the observation to add their thoughts to those of the general public.

Already there have been sighting of species in locations where they have never been recorded before, as well as un-described species new to science.

So if you feel you want 1) to contribute to our knowledge of the whole of Australia's fish fauna, and 2) really, really, want to know what that fish actually is, please sign and start posting observation. The site is easy to use and if you have any trouble just add in @markmcg or @sascha_schulz and we will be only to happy to sort out upload issues.

www.inaturalist.org/projects/australasian-fishes

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