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What

Chameleon Plant Houttuynia cordata

Observer

pawl1990

Date

September 14, 2017 11:54 AM NZST

Description

Looks kinda like a bindweed doing badly, but I'm not so sure. Leaves smell strange when crushed. It's not houttuynia, is it? Never seen that in real life before.

Edit - confirmed houttuynia by AC Biosecurity

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What

Australian Fireweed Senecio bipinnatisectus

Observer

reinderw

Date

September 10, 2017 05:40 PM NZST

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What

Australian Fireweed Senecio bipinnatisectus

Observer

reinderw

Date

September 10, 2017 05:28 PM NZST

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reinderw

Date

July 4, 2017 03:52 PM NZST

Description

Growing abundantly in the retaining wall of an overbridge.

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jon_sullivan

Date

September 11, 2017 09:55 AM NZST

Description

A dense patch of Nemesia floribunda growing on the southern side of the railway bridge. There were also plants on the side of the railway lines by the bridge. I didn't look on the northern side of the bridge.

I've not noticed this before and ride over this bridge once a month.

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What

Marine Caddisflies Family Chathamiidae

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jacobl

Date

August 12, 2017 11:35 AM NZST

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What

Rook Corvus frugilegus

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paddy3

Date

September 2, 2017 06:19 PM HST

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Sharpnose snake eel Apterichtus flavicaudus

Observer

nessmander

Date

August 28, 2017 09:22 AM NZST

Description

No clue what this is - my parents sent me this photo with description. It's sitting in a 2L ice-cream container and this is around 40cm long with a yellow tipped tail. It was one of two and found on the shoreline in Matai Bay. It appeared to be air breathing and had no visible fins or gills like fish or eels. When they were released they were put in the surf but the waves receded so they buried under the sand. Sorry, it's the only photo I have. Very curious.

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jacqui-nz

Date

May 21, 2017 10:59 AM NZST

Description

Found by a member of the public, south of Karekare Beach. Animal was collected by park rangers.

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tangatawhenua

Date

July 4, 2016 02:19 PM NZST

Description

Sharing the same pool as the wheke - it took a while for the wheke to understand that we were not going to compete for this little creature.

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tangatawhenua

Date

June 24, 2016 05:32 PM NZST

Description

Single "tubes" found in rock pools on the low low intertidal zone. Not living in groups. This is the best series of photos I could get and the creature can be seen coming out as the tide washed in and out. The sand tube is approx 10mm thick and about 15mm high.

Would seeing this help to ID these @wmblom?

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What

Red Mount Teide Bugloss Echium wildpretii

Observer

reinderw

Date

August 11, 2017 04:48 PM NZST

Description

Self-seeding abundantly from a planting two years ago

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What

Italian Jasmine Jasminum humile

Observer

memopob

Date

October 24, 2016

Description

Woody shrub to 2m high ovate dichotomous opposite leaves

Appears to be a species of broom, or something in the legume family. Track-cutters had chopped quite a bit of it down so presumably it is an unwanted pest plant.
No flowers evident.

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What

Sexton's Bride Rhaphiolepis umbellata

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pawl1990

Date

July 27, 2017 10:48 AM NZST

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What

Flowering inch plant Tradescantia cerinthoides

Observer

reinderw

Date

July 22, 2017 02:46 PM NZST

Description

Meant to be sterile in NZ, but this one definitely seeded itself. I found it as a small seedling, and was puzzled enough by the bright purple to transplant it and care for it, and it became a tradescantia!

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Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

March 3, 2017 05:41 PM NZDT

Description

@jacqui-nz highlighted for me these that were found down on the west coast at Karekare and wondered if they had been spotted at Otaipango - Henderson Bay. Seeing as these were spotted on the west coast I figured that the best place to find these were the Tohe - 90 Mile Beach and as I was going there that day, I kept an eye out for them and found them.

The photos that I have taken are mainly of ones still alive. I choose these photos as they highlight different parts of the animal - although somewhat blurry.

They are under 10mm in diameter, usually around 5 - 7mm. I also observed them swimming by closing the bottom and opening it, similar to how a jellyfish swims.

As we do not have an ID yet for this obs with it being a true jellyfish or maybe a Hydrozoa decided to go with Cnidarians initially as that encompases both Hydrozoa and Scyphozoa.

So here are a few more photos @clinton that may help with an ID or a difinitive class, if these in fact are the same that @jacqui-nz highlighted for me :)

Last photo (have to click the view all) shows them as blobs on the beach.

The location name is not accurate - Reason

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Observer

blfoord

Date

June 19, 2017 01:06 PM NZST

Description

Flowers about 16-20mm in size.

Bush a couple of feet in diameter.

This species seems to have appeared here post-logging operations as this area used to border a pine plantation, which was harvested a couple of years ago, but I had not seen it here prior to that.

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memopob

Date

November 4, 2016

Description

Like a miniature antirrhinum but flower structure includes a spur.
Herb to 30cm high.

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What

sac fungi Phylum Ascomycota

Observer

katemccombs

Date

June 12, 2017 10:24 AM NZST

Description

On macrocarpa.

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What

South Island Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa ssp. fuliginosa

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craigwilson10

Date

June 6, 2017 01:08 PM NZST

Description

Insectivore

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Observer

shirleykerr

Date

June 30, 2016

Place

Aongatete (Google, OSM)

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Observer

codfish

Date

April 13, 2016

Description

Mushroom with a dry creamy-tan cap with purple hints and purple gills. Cap lightly fibrous, 3.5 cm in diameter and 3 cm in height. Gills attached with a slight decurrent tooth. Stipe pale purple near apex and tan towards base. On soil in remnant mature coastal broadleaf forest.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

April 15, 2017

Description

Growing under rawirinui (Kunzea robusta). On clay banks. Uncommon.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 13478, PDD

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Observer

codfish

Date

November 2, 2016

Description

These mushrooms have a dark grey-brown cap which is lighter around the margin. The gills are creamy-pale grey when young becoming cream when older with a sinuate attachment to the stipe. The stipe is light grey and fibrous in appearance and 4-5 mm in diameter. The caps were observed growing from 1.5 to 3.2 cm in diameter and 1.5 to 3.2 cm in height.

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What

Dicots [paraphyletic] Class Magnoliopsida

Observer

murray_dawson

Date

May 18, 2017 03:01 PM NZST

Description

Ludwigia. Ayrlies Wetlands, Auckland. Photos: © Murray Dawson

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What

Gorse Ulex europaeus

Observer

leahbean

Date

May 12, 2017

Description

Plant seedling found on the trail of the Ohinetahi Reserve. The seedling was very small and the leaves are serrated.

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What

Smokebush Cotinus coggygria

Observer

david-beukes

Date

May 5, 2017

Description

large simple leaves

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Observer

stephen_thorpe

Date

May 15, 2017

Description

New to N.Z.! Specimens submitted to MPI for validation.

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Observer

absoluteandy

Date

November 17, 2007

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What

Orbweavers Family Araneidae

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hana5

Date

April 27, 2017 10:32 AM NZST

Description

Cobweb spider??

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Observer

pete9999

Date

January 28, 2005 09:46 PM NZDT

Description

Only a couple of centimeters long, (medium neoprene gloves in background). 4 thick legs, pumps like jellyfish. Often see them when the salps are in close.

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What

Podocarps Genus Podocarpus

Observer

quanwei

Date

April 24, 2017 05:01 PM NZST

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What

Blue Eryngo Eryngium planum

Observer

reinderw

Date

March 19, 2017 05:56 PM NZDT

Description

Growing wild in an infrequently mown meadow

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jon_sullivan

Date

April 6, 2017 02:51 PM NZST

Description

Growing under a red beech tree.

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Observer

skipperdogman

Date

April 11, 2017 01:16 PM NZST

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What

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites Family Accipitridae

Observer

brooksanctuary

Date

March 23, 2017

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What

Black Kite Milvus migrans

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oscarkokako

Date

December 2, 2016 11:03 AM NZDT

Description

Distinguishing features incude forked tail and fingered wings, different colour to harrier. Known vagrant.

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robin_booth

Date

January 4, 2017 05:19 PM NZDT

Description

Fruit and seeds

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What

Vagrant Spiders Genus Uliodon

Observer

hazelvalerie

Date

March 25, 2017 10:37 PM NZDT

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What

Feather Duster Worms Family Sabellidae

Observer

readgb

Date

November 20, 2015 06:33 PM NZDT

Description

Small sabellid, of unknown genus, first photographed by @tony_wills in a Houghton Bay pool, November 2015

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What

Chocolate Tube Slimes Genus Stemonitis

Observer

lostbird

Date

February 27, 2017 11:48 AM +13

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What

Land Planarians Family Geoplanidae

Observer

sarah_richardson

Date

February 11, 2011

Description

Luminous blue flatworm on a tarn margin on Sphagnum.

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What

Turtles and Tortoises Order Testudines

Observer

jack4

Date

February 19, 2017 09:55 AM NZDT

Description

Sunning itself on stream edge. Very strange observation made by a friend of mine on GBI. I have informed Auckland Council Biosecurity an they are on the case. Will have to catch an ID for a positive ID. Hopefully not a slider turtle but likely to large for a Chinese pond turtle.

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What

Smith's Dragonfly Procordulia smithii

Observer

simonnicholas

Date

February 11, 2017 02:23 PM +13

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Observer

riroriro

Date

January 28, 2017 05:23 PM HST

Description

Found on brown algae attached to rock at the sea edge, low tide (0.4m). This individual is approx 6-7cm long and the photos are true to colour. Added another image of the sea slug- it partially rolled over showing its underside when it changed direction.

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What

Noddy flycap Amanita 2 ridley

Observer

iandickie

Date

January 14, 2017 08:55 AM NZDT

Description

Found under the broad beans in my garden, near birch trees and macrocarpa hedge. Definite veil. Left very sticky yellow-white residue on hands.

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Observer

robin_booth

Date

January 1, 2017 01:31 PM NZDT

Description

Wasp-like Bees were landing and standing on the water to have a drink and flying away

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What

puffballs Family Lycoperdaceae

Observer

tony_wills

Date

December 7, 2016 01:38 PM NZDT

Description

Two more expended puffballs in moss on Mahoe trees. Probably the same tree as I found one on previously (two similar trees near each other).

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What

Kahikatea Dacrycarpus dacrydioides

Observer

johnskilton

Date

December 10, 2016

Description

Kahikatea seedling, first record of natural regeneration of kahikatea at Travis Wetland. One of many seedlings found below 16 year old female tree. This tree was landed with seeds last year.

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What

Mignonette vine Anredera cordifolia

Observer

jon_sullivan

Date

May 30, 2016 05:00 PM NZST

Description

The 42 Madeira vines and all their tubers that I carefully dug up and removed from one small patch of Mahoe Reserve.

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What

rough horsetail Equisetum hyemale

Observer

james_ranstead

Date

November 12, 2016 01:42 PM NZDT

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What

Kakariki Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae

Observer

tony_wills

Date

December 4, 2016 06:21 PM NZDT

Description

Submission for the worst bird photo of the year ;-)

I often hear these chattering around Wrights Hill, but seldom see them. Took a quick snap as I heard this one zooming overhead.

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What

Esler's weed Senecio esleri

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mike68lusk

Date

November 26, 2016 11:24 PM NZDT

Description

perhaps a Senecio

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Observer

grahame

Date

November 22, 2016

Description

I went looking for yesterdays weird looking insect.
http://naturewatch.org.nz/observations/4611220
I managed to find one in the first pond I looked in, but couldn't find any others in the many bits of waterway I looked in after.
15 mmm long, walks on water as well as algae / weed.
Thoughts appreciated :)

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What

Bird Dropping Spiders Genus Celaenia

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jefffryett

Date

November 18, 2016 05:13 PM NZDT

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Rats Genus Rattus

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ozanne16

Date

November 1, 2016 01:31 PM AWST

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What

North Island Kaka Nestor meridionalis ssp. septentrionalis

Observer

stuartp7

Date

October 14, 2016

Description

Originally thought these might be Kea, but they are now correctly identified as North Island Kaka. First I have seen of them in Te Pahu in 18 years.

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pjd1

Date

September 22, 2016 10:39 AM NZST

Description

Locally naturalised along roadside. Numerous fruiting adults, saplings and seedlings observed.

An uncommon species in New Zealand - the lats place I saw it naturalising is now under State Highway1 (see http://naturewatch.org.nz/observations/1747654 and http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora_details.aspx?ID=4420).

Voucher collected.

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What

New Zealand Fur Seal Arctocephalus forsteri

Observer

dubh

Date

September 27, 2016 04:41 PM +13

Description

A young seal, who has returned to this spot a second time despite the crowds of interested humans.

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What

Arsenic Bush Senna septemtrionalis

Observer

murray_dawson

Date

October 1, 2015 05:45 PM NZDT

Description

Senna septemtrionalis (smooth senna). Coastal cliff track, Diamond Harbour, Lyttelton, Banks Peninsula. © Murray Dawson

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What

Rifleman Acanthisitta chloris

Observer

kimbo

Date

September 24, 2016 08:08 AM NZST

Description

2 riflemen chasing each other around a fuchsia tree at 8am today.

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What

White basket fungus Ileodictyon cibarium

Observer

brony

Date

September 17, 2016 12:15 PM NZST

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Kereru Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae

Observer

joelryan

Date

January 17, 2016

Description

I observed 20+ Kereru flying in front of me as I left the Gunpit in Bluff

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jon_sullivan

Date

September 15, 2016 02:34 PM NZST

Description

An invertebrate from the front side of the yellow sticky trap set up at our site "MOR1" in Harold Henry Park, Bexley. The trap was set up on 25 March 2016 and brought in on 6 May 2016.

This is part of a wider study quantifying the biodiversity differences between the Christchurch "residential red zone" cleared of housing after the earthquakes and nearby suburban areas still filled with houses, people, cars, pets, etc.

I'm loading up my photos of each invertebrate found on the sticky trap and then I'll go through and ID them as best I can. If you see anything that you'd like a better photograph of, or a specimen of, please let me know. It's going to take me a few weeks to get through these all (we ran three traps at each of ten sites).

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What

Cut-leaved Selfheal Prunella laciniata

Observer

mike68lusk

Date

February 4, 2015

Description

seedhead looks like Prunella but leaves don't. Small colony just before bush edge

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What

Noddy flycap Amanita 2 ridley

Observer

simonf

Date

February 16, 2015

Description

Single toadstool in leaf litter. 12-15 cm high. Mature forest with bare understorey.

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What

rough horsetail Equisetum hyemale

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sonny

Date

July 16, 2015 01:42 PM NZST

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Giant Herb-Robert Geranium maderense

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andymckay

Date

June 18, 2016 04:50 PM NZST

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What

Cotton Thistle Onopordum acanthium

Observer

gardener

Date

January 5, 2016

Place

lake Ferry (Google, OSM)

Description

Thistle like plant with silver leaves

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kereruking

Date

July 25, 2016 03:13 PM NZST

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What

Sargassumfish Histrio histrio

Observer

jack4

Date

July 18, 2016 04:55 PM NZST

Description

Never seen anything like it? Possibably washed ashore in winter currents or discarded by trawler etc? If anyone could ID would be great. Photo taken by Jeremy Warden.

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What

Caddisflies Order Trichoptera

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stbobservations

Date

July 18, 2016 02:20 PM NZST

Description

In a rock pool, moving along - no idea what it is - I should have measured it and perhaps looked underneath

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What

Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri

Observer

toucan22

Date

July 13, 2016 09:52 AM NZST

Description

looked like it had "escaped" from local aviary

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What

Fiordland Crested Penguin Eudyptes pachyrhynchus

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nikbaines

Date

January 27, 2012

Place

Otago, NZ (Google, OSM)

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What

Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri

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kevin_sharp

Date

January 30, 2010

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Observer

dougalt

Date

June 19, 2016

Description

Very cool pagoda-like brown and white fungus with tiered discs on central stem. Two to three cm tall. First time I have seen one of these. Percy Scenic Reserve, Lower Hutt.

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What

Clown Doris Ceratosoma amoenum

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

June 17, 2016

Description

This clown doris was practicing it's acrobatic skills using a piece of seaweed as the rope.

While I was watching the show and taking photos a cray swam by giving me a slap with it's tail.

I had to make a decision to try and find the cray lurking in the seaweed, knowing those nippers would be out, or carry on watching the show. As it was not lunchtime, I carried on watching the arial acrobatics of the clown doris :)

Second time I have seen a clown doris and a cray - I wonder if that is a coincidence or if they like hanging out together *LOL*

Show was performed in the shallow subtidal zone on a rock face shaded by seaweeds.

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What

Russell lupin Lupinus polyphyllus

Observer

johnsteel

Date

May 6, 2016

Description

One only growing amongst exotic grasses and forbs at the start a public walking track.
Have grown this on and it turned out to be a plain old garden lupin.

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What

Blue Green Chiton Chiton glaucus

Observer

emily_r

Date

October 7, 2014

Place

Hawera (Google, OSM)

Description

A green chiton attached to a half crab. We observed this alien looking commensal beast while undertaking an intertidal survey on the reefs off Hawera. It made us jump when we first turned over the rock.

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jon_sullivan

Date

June 9, 2016 03:01 PM NZST

Description

Growing nearest to Rhododendron and Maytenus boaria but also under the crown of a large European lime tree.

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What

Yellow-bellied Sea Snake Hydrophis platurus

Observer

emily_r

Date

May 15, 2016

Description

Reported in the Taranaki Daily News:

"Ten-year-old Lars Farrant was out walking his dogs with his parents on Sunday when the group came across the snake on Tapuae Estate Beach, just north of Oakura. "

http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/80010074/venomous-sea-snake-found-on-taranaki-beach-by-10yearold.html

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What

Swamp Astelia Astelia grandis

Observer

suemcgaw

Date

April 7, 2016

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Astelia grandis Hook.f. ex Kirk

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mikeloose1

Date

June 28, 2015

Description

I saw the dark carboniferous material in which I found nothing. But just above this was a lighter coloured rock which contained this fossil and other plants which had what appeared to be true leaves, not sure what though as the samples were not as clear as this.
This is not in the correct place either, but is very close. The KT boundary was very obvious as well.

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What

European Paper Wasp Polistes dominula

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memopob

Date

April 2, 2016

Description

Seconds before destruction.

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What

European Paper Wasp Polistes dominula

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stephen_thorpe

Date

May 5, 2016

Description

Identification: Polistes dominula (Christ, 1791). Male.

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What

Marsh Arrowgrass Triglochin palustris

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mark_parker

Date

May 9, 2016 02:40 PM NZST

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House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Observer

jacqui-nz

Date

May 22, 2016

Description

Looks like this is the same sparrow with a deformed bill in a January 2016 observation. Watched the bird fly to a trough and drink water. The deformed half has grown longer.

January 2016 observation:
http://naturewatch.org.nz/observations/2553234

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What

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

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jacqui-nz

Date

January 1, 2016 03:30 PM NZDT

Description

House sparrow with deformed bill.

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What

Plant Bugs Family Miridae

Observer

stephen_thorpe

Date

May 16, 2016

Description

NEW ZEALAND AK, Bethells, Matuku Reserve, Malaise trap (Leilani trap), 25 Apr-16 May 2016, T. Van Noort.

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Harlequin ladybird Harmonia axyridis

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jacqui4

Date

April 9, 2016 12:04 PM NZST

Description

Waiata Reserve

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What

European Paper Wasp Polistes dominula

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thomasjwalsh

Date

March 23, 2013

Description

Walked out onto my balcony and discovered a bunch of random wasps clustering on the floor....

As I started to photograph them they slowly departed. The last one stuck around for quite a while before flying off.

Any idea what they were doing, I saw them just before 6pm on a fairly warm autumn day.

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What

Harlequin ladybird Harmonia axyridis

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stephen_thorpe

Date

May 15, 2016

Description

Locality: NEW ZEALAND AK, suburb of Glen Innes, Apirana Reserve.

Habitat: Salix ×fragilis, infested with Tuberolachnus salignus.

Identification: Harmonia axyridis (Pallas, 1773).

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What

Salps Family Salpidae

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steve_kerr

Date

May 15, 2016 12:40 PM NZST

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What

Mignonette vine Anredera cordifolia

Observer

jon_sullivan

Date

May 10, 2016 11:55 AM NZST

Description

To my surprise, I found two mignonette (Maderia) vines establishing in the northeastern corner of Lincoln's Mahoe Reserve, presumably sourced from a nearby garden. I've never seen this weed in Canterbury before.

I've collected a herbarium specimen.

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What

Coconut Palm Cocos nucifera

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tangatawhenua

Date

April 28, 2016

Description

Fruit of a coconut washed up.

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What

Giant Willow Aphid Tuberolachnus salignus

Observer

grahame

Date

April 19, 2016

Description

Multiple colonies on Salix cinerea, Grey Willow.
No sign of predators or others feeding on the honey dew.
A really honey smelling honey dew.
On Willows between Clarevale Reserve and observation tower if anyone wants to look for them.

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What

Tui Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae

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lisabennett

Date

April 17, 2016

Description

Juvenile Tui

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dwilson

Date

April 17, 2016

Place

Warkworth (Google, OSM)

Description

Rainbow skinks have been running up the wall today, and this one has been caught in the web of the spider.

The second photo was taken an hour later, and shows the spider trying to free the tail so that the skink can be pulled into the hole in the wall.

The space between the bricks is 10mm wide.

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What

Leaf-Veined Slugs Family Athoracophoridae

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saras

Date

April 12, 2016

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What

Teucridium leaf miner moth Caloptilia "teucridium"

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jasonbutt

Date

April 11, 2016

Description

On a wild plant.

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