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Redmap's "other species" sighting category


Ideally, it would be great to have a system where only unusual species were logged….but how is everyone supposed to know what is usual and what’s not? How do we anticipate which species will move? ….Enter the “other species” Redmap category!

Who you calling "OTHER species?" [Nelusetta ayraud (Ocean jacket) Image: Rick Stuart-Smith, Reef Life Survey]

The Redmap list is generated using a number of factors, including the ability to easily identify a species from similar species, which is often not possible just by looking at it! Redmap’s species list also needs to be limited so that we can get people to focus their efforts on marine life that scientists believe are likely to move (or for which there is already information confirming their movements).

So the idea of ‘other species’ is to allow people to send in sightings of species that we have not specifically listed – but which they think are unusual to the area (this may take a little research yourself!). In time, some of the ‘other species’ logged may end up providing enough evidence that we then start including them to watch out for! One of the greatest advantages of using citizen scientists is that they’re often on and under the water more than scientists – and see things happen long before they are scientifically surveyed. It’s this important information that Redmap is able to capture with your help.


When logging ‘other species’ please remember that it’s not just an identification service – our scientists all volunteer their time, so it’s important that you do a little research yourself first. Check out our species pages.

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