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Sun 2nd February 2020 21:54 by Gustav Clark
iRecord verification
I think recording societies for 'minor' groups look at iRecord and dismiss it as suitable for birds and butterflies but too crude for their purposes.  I would say they are wrong and that they are denying their recorders access to a valuable and flexible tool.  Spiders are not unique in being difficult to identify.  Beetles, hoverflies, fungus gnats, ants - they all rely on recorders knowing when microscopic work is absolutely required.  Inter alia i do survey for ants.  Identifying them relies on checking for hairs on the antennae, or the number of teeth on the mandibles.  if I submit a record without the required level of detail then I expect to have it rejected.  If it is critical then I am asked for a voucher specimen.  I also do millipedes and centipedes. All their records are via iRecord.  They are difficult, with all the same problems of unidentifiable juveniles, or only one sex being determinable.  One person verifies records for the whole country, and it works. There is one additional advantage we would get from using iRecord.  If you look at SRS records for Pholcus phalangioides you will see that it is absent from most of the country.  Our current recorder base does not supply records for what they see as common species.  Welcoming records from the whole biological recording community would get people used to recording spiders and help us avoid situations like this.

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