Just for fun: What species is your observations range map?

I thought it would be fun to look for species whose ranges were similar to the map of my iNat observations.

For example, here’s my observations map:

Some species which have similar ranges…
Carex gynandra

Micranthes virginiensis (except it skips Nova Scotia)

How about yours? What species’ range maps are most similar to your observations map?

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I have a feeling that people who travel less / more locally are going to have an easier time with this. I’m having trouble thinking of species found in the NJ/NY area which are also in Israel, but not other places, and also maybe in Spain…

The solution is obvious: I must choose a species currently endemic to one of those places, and smuggle it to every place I’ve previously observed.

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Hooded Crow


vs all

Other than Egypt places without crows are there only because those are old travels without original photos I can use.

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SA Obs.PNG
My Observations (Yet to make one outside of the Eastern Cape! that needs to change soon.)

erica chamissonis.PNG
The map for Erica chammisonis looks fairly similar, although I did not dig too deeply to find better match

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It may not look like it, but there are 223 observations here.
Screenshot 2020-12-01 085542

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How would you easily find this out? Especially with my map which is basically just a few cluster points around North Georgia and the Florida Panhandle?

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Check species with the highest numbers for you.

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I’ve been looking for a while but no species appears to match my observation map:
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I think it’s mainly because of the habitat differences. The only species that I found that overlapped in the same area were ones that are widespread throughout the eastern U.S.

One thing you might consider is trying to find multiple species/taxa whose ranges might approximate yours when superimposed on top of each other

E.g. Yonahlossee Salamander (Plethodon yonahlossee) + Yellow-blotched Map Turtle (Graptemys flavimaculata) + …

Note that these are the first examples of ranges I could find that seem to approximate parts of your map. I’m sure you can find better ones.

Superimposing more localized species/taxa could provide more flexibility and lead to some cool range map mash-ups!

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