A clean list of Odonata names have been uploaded on IBP based on Subramanian, K.A. and Babu, R. (2017). Checklist of Odonata (Insecta) of India. Version 3.0.

An interesting paper has been published that has surveyed and talked about the "Contribution of citizen science towards international biodiversity monitoring". This is an interesting paper that talks exactly about your contributions to biodiversity monitoring. 


There is a mention of the India Biodiversity Portal in the paper and that is because of all you serious documentors and contributors. Please do take credit of your sugnificnant contribution to biodiversity monitoring. This will only grow become significant in the world of science. 

The other interesting highlights and points in the paper are:

1. Citizen science (CS) data is more that 70% of global occurrence records

2. Across taxonomic groups citizen science records are very skewed, with CS bird records constituting 87% of all bird records

3. There is also a very large spatial skewnedd. Western Europe, US and Australia have a lot of biodiversity records and CS projects. 

4. Places like India and other tropical areas that are iconocally also are very biodiversity rich have very few such CS initiatives to monitor biodiversity via CS projects. 

All of you are participants in this current movement to create open and public databases for biodiversity monitoring. 

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  • Dr. Rujuta : In reply to Thomas Vattakaven
    Yes, I did. Thanks for guiding me. Our portal is mentioned under "Most Abundant" species distribution. I came to know about how many types of portals (?) are working to map the species. We will need many more experts / curators who can identify moss, ferns, corals etc. 
  • R Prabhakar : Added a comment
    Another valuable paper highlight the importance of such citizen science initiative. It is closer home and pertains to the Western Ghats. Only abstract here!http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320716310588 
    In here the author has analysed the range maps used by IUCN for assessments with the data from CS and says (a) the IUCN range maps are overestimated (b) they contain within them areas that are not suitable habitats. These are very important for assessments. 
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