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What

Castor Semi-Looper Achaea janata

Observer

jacqui-nz

Date

April 17, 2018 05:12 PM NZST

Description

Moth flying around the southern side of Lion Rock on the beach. Strong north-easterlies.

For perspective, moth in the centre of the last image.

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What

Typical Sea Turtles Family Cheloniidae

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emr

Date

March 6, 2018

Description

Possible green seaturtle

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What

Tussock Hawkweed Hieracium lepidulum

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jon_sullivan

Date

April 12, 2018 01:23 PM NZST

Description

This is the first Hieracium lepidulum I have ever seen in the Christchurch Port Hills, and this is one of the core set of plants I'm always on the lookout for. I pulled this out and it's in my plant press.

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reinderw

Date

April 10, 2018 05:26 PM NZST

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tomblusk

Date

April 6, 2018 10:44 PM HST

Description

Approximately 25-35mm. Rapidly wriggled from side to side. Video available-keen for an ID, please!

https://youtu.be/4Lu8vu8MorY

@mike68lusk

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What

Gray's Dragonfly Procordulia grayi

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reinderw

Date

November 24, 2017 04:40 PM NZDT

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What

Candy Flower Claytonia sibirica

Observer

reinderw

Date

April 4, 2018 12:50 PM NZST

Description

Self sowing in a flower garden. I assume it must be wild, because I have never seen this for sale

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What

Daddy Longlegs Spider Pholcus phalangioides

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grahame

Date

January 6, 2018

Description

Daddy Longlegs mating.
(edited)

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What

Puka Meryta sinclairii

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reinderw

Date

April 2, 2018 04:06 PM NZST
Insects

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What

Insects Class Insecta

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elimm94

Date

March 24, 2018

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What

Convolvulus Hawkmoth Agrius convolvuli

Observer

esler

Date

October 26, 2013

Place

Riverton (Google, OSM)

Description

Convolvulus Sphinx. Live at Riverton. A rare visitor to the south. Probably blown over from Australia

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What

Western Weka Gallirallus australis ssp. australis

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rembrandt

Date

March 25, 2018 01:59 PM NZDT

Description

poor thing :(

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gregs

Date

October 4, 2017 01:58 PM +13

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What

Kiwifruit Actinidia deliciosa

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mike68lusk

Date

April 28, 2017 05:18 PM NZST

Description

in rock barrier close to shore

Plants

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What

Plants Kingdom Plantae

Observer

grahame

Date

February 28, 2018

Description

Any ideas folks ??
They are attached between the plant and the main root of Tree of heaven, Ailanthus altissima plants.
Most were half fist sized.
The big one here was 150 x 150 x 150 mm !!
Only a small percentage of plants had one.

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What

Apple-of-Peru Nicandra physalodes

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joepb

Date

March 13, 2018 03:18 PM NZDT

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What

Apple-of-Peru Nicandra physalodes

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reinderw

Date

August 14, 2017 05:04 PM NZST

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What

Myrtle Rust Austropuccinia psidii

Observer

stephen_thorpe

Date

March 5, 2018

Description

On a group of several planted ramarama situated at the Caspian Cl side of the foot bridge over the Rewarewa Creek. The photos are all from one plant. I did not check the other plants for the rust.

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What

Yellow-bellied Sea Snake Hydrophis platurus

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esler

Date

January 1, 1970

Description

Yellow-bellied seasnale. Found by me Muriwai in 1970. Don't know the date. Kept it alive for a few days

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What

Himalayan Balsam Impatiens glandulifera

Observer

joepb

Date

February 21, 2018 04:01 PM NZDT

Description

Growing on that low bit of bank at the end of the street where the two streams meet. Two seen, both pulled.

How best to dispose of them without spreading the seed potentially? Any ideas?

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What

Green Orbweb Spider Colaranea viriditas

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woodleigh_school

Date

February 16, 2018 10:37 AM NZDT

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johnb-nz

Date

December 27, 2017 04:41 PM NZDT

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What

Kahikatea Dacrycarpus dacrydioides

Date

January 24, 2018 04:37 PM NZDT

Description

Seedlings found in back yard, along with other bird-dispersed seedlings (e.g. ivy, nightshade, banana passionfruit).

Don't know of any mature kahikatea trees nearby.

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shaun-lee

Date

November 25, 2017 03:18 PM NZDT

Description

Under and attached to a broken bottle. Looks like eggs in a jelly substance. Mangroves only 30m downstream so could be estuarine species.

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What

Blushing Rosette Abortiporus biennis

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laura-nz

Date

March 21, 2015 03:45 PM NZDT

Description

Mushroom with red stuff oozing out of it. What the heck?!

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What

Giant Knotweed Fallopia sachalinensis

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nsingers

Date

January 8, 2018 05:06 PM NZDT

Description

Small patch next to apiary site. Recent infestation.

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What

Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis

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jefffryett

Date

January 6, 2018 03:02 PM +13

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What

Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis

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arpugh

Date

March 1, 2017 11:49 AM NZDT

Description

On Salix spp, with giant willow aphid present

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What

Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis

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stephanie_sopow

Date

February 9, 2017 03:30 PM NZDT

Description

On Salix sp. heavily infested with Tuberolachnus salignus

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What

Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis

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ricjo007

Date

November 7, 2017 06:39 AM NZDT

Description

5-10mm long

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jon_sullivan

Date

December 27, 2017 03:09 PM NZDT

Description

Something's causing these leaves to swell up and turn pink, like some rusts do but I couldn't find obvious fruiting bodies.

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What

Shining Cuckoo Chrysococcyx lucidus

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miro

Date

January 3, 2018 01:54 PM NZDT

Description

Juvenile fed by grey warbler

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What

Dragon-Tree Dracaena draco

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pjd1

Date

December 24, 2017 04:45 PM NZDT

Description

Probably arose from a bird dispersed fruit as no adults in the immediate local area but this species is grown in New Plymouth

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What

White Shark Carcharodon carcharias

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sharkexperience

Date

December 27, 2017 01:08 PM NZDT

Description

4m male SGC Image SCHUBERT.

Now have video of same sighting available at; https://youtu.be/aW-ytgyxL8Y

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What

North Island Zebra Moth Declana atronivea

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tony_steer

Date

December 25, 2017 11:34 AM NZDT

Description

Feeding on Pseudopanax, lancewood

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mike68lusk

Date

October 27, 2017 09:51 PM NZDT

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What

Matai Prumnopitys taxifolia

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johnvandenhoeven

Date

December 17, 2017 10:34 AM NZDT

Description

A huge specimen estimated to be around 1300 years old.

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What

New Zealand Scaup Aythya novaeseelandiae

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emma-and-tom

Date

November 5, 2017 10:56 AM NZDT

Description

At least six chicks staying close to the female (previous observation).

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What

Yellow Lupin Lupinus luteus

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trevor_partridge

Date

December 16, 2017 02:53 PM NZDT

Description

Established in a number of drainage soak pits along edge of alleyway.

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What

Turnip Weed Rapistrum rugosum

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trevor_partridge

Date

December 5, 2017 08:45 AM NZDT

Description

I prefer the alternative common name of turnip weed as per Flora Vol 5. Present in abundance. It cannot be seen on the photos but the petals have distinctive green veins on the underside that are characteristic of this brassica.

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What

Yellow Gromwell Amsinckia calycina

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trevor_partridge

Date

December 5, 2017 08:50 AM NZDT

Description

The tops of the infloresences are not curving over as is typical of this species in the Boraginaceae. Otherwise it does fit the description.

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epitree

Date

December 1, 2017 11:58 AM NZDT

Description

10 mm

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What

Australian Grapevine Moth Phalaenoides glycinae

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tillymerson

Date

December 1, 2017 08:16 AM NZDT

Description

help! can anyone help me ID this lil dude!

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What

Climbing Galaxias Galaxias brevipinnis

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janvoss

Date

November 29, 2017

Description

Unfamiliar species of freshwater fish in stream flowing through private property. Approx 8cm in length. Single fish. Swimming into current and maintain similar position for 10+ minutes in main stream bed. Stream approw 1.5m wide Area well shaded with willow tree and secondary bush overhangs 2m above water. Stream depth 10cm flowing into to 50c deep pool. Has two whitish appendages hanging off head - not symmetrical. One at head and one agills on other side. These also moving in current so flexible, not hard, but well attached - could be parasite?
Would like to identify both fish and attachments.

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jacqui-nz

Date

July 16, 2017 11:33 AM NZST

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What

Sandy Stilt-Puffball Battarrea phalloides

Observer

naturewatchwidow

Date

May 9, 2017 04:25 PM NZST

Description

Spores being released from the top

Photos / Sounds

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john_barkla

Date

November 25, 2017 12:57 PM NZDT

Description

Infected stem of Scandia geniculata climbing through coastal Coposma

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What

Myrtle Rust Austropuccinia psidii

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tobyshanley

Date

November 28, 2017 11:28 AM NZDT

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What

Loopers Family Geometridae

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jacqui-nz

Date

November 23, 2017 01:55 PM NZDT

Description

Spotted weeping edges on new foliage of a kauri sapling and found the culprit in action.

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What

Eyres Skink Oligosoma repens

Observer

jesse_bythell

Date

February 22, 2007

Description

Spotted and photographed in 2007, identified later by Trent Bell in May 2012. Constitutes a range extension of a species thought confined to the Eyre Mountains.

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What

South Island Tomtit Petroica macrocephala ssp. macrocephala

Observer

kenterbury

Date

September 16, 2017

Place

Prebbleton (Google, OSM)

Description

I had witnessed a strangely shaped (as in not one I had seen in Prebbleton) bird in the shrubs a few times earlier in the day but had paid little attention. I went for a walk in the garden later and was amazed to find a male South Island tomtit - I ran and told my partner and we watched it for about 10-15 minutes. I took some photos but it was difficult to get close to. I have seen many SI tomtits so there is no possibility it was anything else.

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What

Prostrate Kowhai Sophora prostrata

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meurkc

Date

November 9, 2017

Description

a rare naturally occurring single specimen in fence-line

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mark_parker

Date

January 24, 2017 11:44 AM NZDT

Description

New weed in Kowhai Bush, Kaikoura.

Voucher specimen in Allan Herbarium CHR 644108

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What

Orbweavers Family Araneidae

Observer

anthonymccaughan

Date

November 2, 2017 09:15 AM NZDT

Description

Spider camouflaged on a lichen covered cliff face. Possibly orb weaver?

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stephen_thorpe

Date

October 31, 2017

Description

69 New Windsor Rd. Growing just in front of the front fence.

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What

Pink Ragwort Senecio glastifolius

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johnsteel

Date

October 26, 2017 02:36 PM NZDT

Description

Growing wild on roadside.

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What

Tōtara Podocarpus totara

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jon_sullivan

Date

October 25, 2017 10:25 AM NZDT

Description

I was surprised to find this solitary totara seedling growing wild under this fence line by a poplar and pine shelterbelt.

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jacobl

Date

October 23, 2017 09:03 AM NZDT

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What

Gray's Dragonfly Procordulia grayi

Observer

gus320

Date

October 20, 2017 01:33 PM NZDT

Description

Not 100% sure on the species - anyone?

3 or 4 had been flying continuously around a patch of water for perhaps 10 minutes before one of these flopped itself down on the surface of the water and sat motionless for 20 seconds or so. I thought perhaps it was kaput; but then another found it and they flew off together. All part of the performance it seems!

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simonnicholas

Date

October 16, 2017 11:44 AM NZDT

Description

in rockpool

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meurkc

Date

October 13, 2017 08:26 AM NZDT

Description

beautiful little orchid in dry grassland discovered by Martin as walking back to CHCH360trail. about 10 plants noted in the group. only place it was observed in a meander over the SW half of the reserve. one small tuft of cloak fern here and one seen elsewhere

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What

By-the-wind Sailor Velella velella

Observer

emily_r

Date

October 14, 2017 10:55 AM NZDT

Description

Bloom! Blue beach!

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What

By-the-wind Sailor Velella velella

Observer

emily_r

Date

October 14, 2017 09:30 AM NZDT

Place

Komene (Google, OSM)

Description

Bloom!

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What

Life

Observer

edithj

Date

October 11, 2017

Description

Does anyone know what this is? It appears to be killing the lancewood.

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What

Coral Vine Berberidopsis corallina

Observer

seera

Date

October 11, 2017 05:35 PM NZDT

Description

Climbing plant, leaves alternate, shiny, leathery, entire but slightly toothed. Plant does not have tendrils but twines stem.

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What

Purple Hermit Crab Coenobita brevimanus

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 27, 2017

Description

Easily the largest specimen of this species I have ever seen. Noted ambling about forest floor of coral cay. Specimen c.13 cm diameter, much bluer than I am used to seeing (I am of course red-blue colour blind so that's my perception).

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What

Vine Hawk-Moth Hippotion celerio

Observer

nzwide

Date

July 12, 1999 10:30 PM NZST

Description

In 1999 I was anchored for a week at the Poor Knights Islands with a scientific team aboard. One morning (12/07/1999) I went up to the bridge and found this moth dead. I am sorry about the poor quality of the images but it was in the days of the first digital cameras. They recorded images on a 1.4 Mb disk. I have just obtain a USB diskette reader and have just found these old images on one of hundred of disks.

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What

Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida

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oscarkokako

Date

October 7, 2017 10:46 AM NZDT

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What

Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri

Observer

nessmander

Date

October 6, 2017 06:13 PM +13

Description

A pair - on the MPI naughty list... tut tut
Sorry, photo rubbish.

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What

Northern Royal Albatross Diomedea epomophora ssp. sanfordi

Observer

bradley_curnow

Date

August 31, 2016 09:44 AM NZST

Place

Otago, NZ (Google, OSM)

Description

Lone fledgling chick which had crash landed on the Spit Aramoana following a storm. The good people from DOC came and drove Searchlight back to Tairoa.

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What

Barbary Dove Streptopelia roseogrisea risoria

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reinderw

Date

October 2, 2017 11:40 AM NZDT

Description

A bit high for good photos sadly.

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tony_wills

Date

October 2, 2017 04:00 PM NZDT

Description

This guy was just a wee red blob, but I knew it was something interesting from previous observations from up north :-)

The last image has a scale (mm and 1/2 mm divisions), the bell is about 4mm high.

It can curl up its tentacles so they are just little knobs, which it does when swimming. It can then unfurl those tentacles and drift with them extended.

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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

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reinderw

Date

September 10, 2017 05:40 PM NZST

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What

Australian Fireweed Senecio bipinnatisectus

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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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What

Sharpnose Snake Eel Apterichtus flavicaudus

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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

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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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shirleykerr

Date

June 30, 2016

Place

Aongatete (Google, OSM)

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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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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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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

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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

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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

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david-beukes

Date

May 5, 2017

Description

large simple leaves