Citizen science and global biodiversity
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Citizen science and global biodiversity

2 Identifying species

Now you will look at some real world examples highlighting the challenges of identifying species.

Example 1: Damselflies – counting different species

How many different species of damselfly can you see in the following videos? These damselflies are in mating pairs.

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[INSECT BUZZING]
[BIRDS WHISTLING]
[INSECT BUZZING]
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Video 1 A pair of damselflies.
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If you don’t look closely, you might easily mistake the male and female for different species, as they have different colours and markings. Had you not seen them paired up like this, you might have thought there were twice as many species as there really are.

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