23 September 2010


Another rather delayed update, this focusing mainly on photo pages for species I've recently photographed. Over 100 species now have active links to species or photo pages.


New species pages:


Green Tree Dragon (Bronchocela cristatella) (Malaysia)


New photo pages:


Brown Centipede (Lithobius forficatus) (United Kingdom)

Forest Bug (Pentatoma rufipes) (United Kingdom)

Tree Trunk Tiger Beetle (Dystipsidera undulata) (Australia)

Violet Ground Beetle (Carabus violaceus) (United Kingdom)

Seven-spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) (United Kingdom)

Transverse Ladybird (Coccinella transversalis) (Australia)

Eyed Ladybird (Anatis ocellata) (United Kingdom)

Soldier Beetle (Cantharis livida) (United Kingdom)

Darkling Beetle (Amarygmus sp.) (Australia)

Darkling Beetle (Lagria sp.) (Australia)

Green Strip Leaf Beetle (Calomela pallida) (Australia)

Bloody-nosed Beetle (Trimarcha tenebricosa) (United Kingdom)

Weevil (Leptopius sp.) (Australia)

Treble Brown Spot (Idaea trigeminata) (United Kingdom)

Purple Bar (Cosmorhoe ocellata) (United Kingdom)

Waved Umbar (Menophra abruptaria) (United Kingdom)

Marbled Brown (Drymonia dodonaea) (United Kingdom)

Lobster Moth (Stauropus fagi) (United Kingdom)

Citrus Swallowtail (Papilio demodocus) (Madagascar)

Varied Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina) (Australia, Cambodia, Malaysia)

Julia Longwing (Dryas iulia) (Costa Rica)

Common Tiger (Danaus chrysippus) (Madagascar)

Hoverfly (Helophilus pendulus) (United Kingdom)

Common Greenbottle (Lucilia caesar) (United Kingdom)


Updated pages:


Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) (United Kingdom)


12 June 2010



After (yet) another delay!


New species pages:


Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) (United Kingdom)

Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) (United Kingdom)


New photo pages:


Grey Duskhawker (Gynacantha rosenbergi) (Australia)

Soldier Beetle (Cantharis pellucida) (United Kingdom)

Soldier Beetle (Cantharis rustica) (United Kingdom)

Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva) (United Kingdom)

Eucalypt Longicorn Beetle (Phoracantha semipunctata) (Australia)

Shrubby Stylo Truckborer (Platyomopsis pedicornis) (Australia)

Spotted Longhorn Beetle (Rutpela maculata) (United Kingdom)

Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae) (United Kingdom)

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) (United Kingdom)



28 March 2010



New species lists


Species List - France


New photo pages


Pinhead Wisp (Agriocnemis femina) (Malaysia)

Pyrenean Brook Newt (Calotriton asper) (France)


Updated pages


Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) (United Kingdom)



21 March 2010



I've decided to take a new approach to updates from this week - I'll still be adding the usual full species pages and species lists as time allows, but I'll also be adding a larger number of 'photo pages' (indicated by links in black rather than blue) that contain only photographs and basic information about each species. In most cases these won't allow fully reliable identification to species level without accompanying descriptions, but they should give a broad idea what any given animal is.


New species pages:


Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) (United Kingdom)

Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) (United Kingdom)


New photo pages:


Garden Orb Weaver (Eriophora transmarina) (Australia)

Skimmer (Orthetrum sp.) (Madagascar)

Dragonfly (Neodythemis hildebrandti) (Madagascar)

Dropwing (Trithemis sp.) (Madagascar)

Bamboo Relict (Devadatta argyoides) (Malaysia)

Sprite (Pseudagrion sp.) (Madagascar)

Striped Hawkmoth (Hyles livornica) (Spain: Canary Islands)


Updated pages:


Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) (United Kingdom)



14 March 2010



It's been another very long wait, I'm afraid, and this week's updates might of rather specialist interest! I'm hoping to get back to writing pages on a reasonably regular basis from now on, although the number of new pages in each update might be lower than in the past.


New species pages:


Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) (United Kingdom)

Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella) (United Kingdom)

Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans) (United Kingdom)

Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) (United Kingdom)


31 August 2009



After a long hiatus, a new batch of updates from this year's field season.


New species pages:


Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) (United Kingdom)


Updated pages:


Species List - Amphibians

Species List - Reptiles

Species List - Madagascar

Species List - United Kingdom

Short-horned Chameleon (Calumma brevicorne) (Madagascar) - new photo added

Nose-horned Chameleon (Calumma nasutum) (Madagascar) - photos updated

Viviparous Lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (United Kingdom) - new photos added



16 May 2009


New species pages:


Madagascar Spiny-tailed Gecko (Paroedura bastardi) (Madagascar)

Panther Gecko (Paroedura picta) (Madagascar)

Boulder Mabuya (Trachylepis vato) (Madagascar)

Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) (United Kingdom)


Updated pages:


Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) - new photo

Warty Chameleon (Furcifer verrucosus) - additional information in Behaviour, additional reference



31 March 2009


New species pages:

Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus) (United Kingdom)

Saw-shelled Turtle (Myuchelys latisternum) (Australia)


Updated pages:


Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) - new photos, updated format, additional information in Similar Species

African Helmeted Terrapin (Pelomedusa subrufa) - additional information

Oustalet's Chameleon (Furcifer oustaleti) - additional information in Range, additional reference


23 March 2009


Spring made a brief visit last week, so there's an emphasis on the UK in the latest round of updates, which are a little delayed due both to my own schedule and the amount of work involved in completing the Reptiles species list. The Online Field Guide can now boast a round 50 species pages, and eleven lists, with more still to come!


New species pages:



Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io) (United Kingdom)

Common Toad (Bufo bufo) (United Kingdom)

Atlantic Lizard (Gallotia atlantica) (Canary Islands)


New species lists:


Species List - Reptiles


Updated pages:

Palmate Newt (Lissotriton helveticus) - new photo, additional information in Diet

Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) - new photos and additional information

Viviparous Lizard (Zootoca vivipara) - new photo, additional information in Similar Species.


02 March 2009


New species pages:



Green-eyed Tree Frog (Litoria genimaculata) (Australia)

Viviparous Lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (United Kingdom)

Western Girdled Lizard (Zonosaurus laticaudatus) (Madagascar)

Bright Skink (Trachylepis elegans) (Madagascar)


New species lists:


Species List - Canary Islands

Species List - Elasmobranchs



23 February 2009


New species pages:



Halloween Crab (Gecarcinus quadratus) (Costa Rica)

Southern Stingray (Dasyatis americana) (Belize)

White's Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea) (Australia)

Slow Worm (Anguis fragilis) (United Kingdom)


New species lists:


Species List - Belize


16 February 2009


New active links:



Species List - Costa Rica

Palmate Newt (Lissotriton helveticus) (United Kingdom)

Superb Collared Frog (Litoria (Cyclorana) brevipes) (Australia)

Nose-horned Chameleon (Calumma nasutum) (Madagascar)

Water Monitor (Varanus salvator) (Indonesia, Malaysia)



09 February 2009


The Malaysia species list is here after a slight delay. Also a wealth of new species pages, keeping the focus on amphibians and reptiles for the time being.


New active links:


Species List - Malaysia

Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) (United Kingdom)

Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog (Litoria fallax) (Australia)

Inornate Froglet (Micryletta inornata) (Thailand)

Noisy Froglet (Microhyla butleri) (Cambodia, Thailand)

African Helmeted Turtle (Pelomedusa subrufa) (Madagascar)

Brown Leaf Chameleon (Brookesia superciliaris) (Madagascar)

Short-horned Chameleon (Calumma brevicorne) (Madagascar)

Parson's Chameleon (Calumma parsonii) (Madagascar)


Updated pages:


Oustalet's Chameleon (Furcifer oustaleti) (Madagascar)


Next week: The Costa Rica species list.




30 January 2009


The first update of the new year is here and, yes, it's ... more frogs! Yay! And a tortoise. Don't worry bird fans - a large update to the Madagascar list is on the way, complete with a couple of feathery (and two or three furry) things. And lots more reptiles... In the meantime, the main Malaysia list is in the works and will hopefully be up next week.


New active links:



Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella) (Australia)

Striped Spadefoot Frog (Calluella guttulata) (Thailand)

Asian Banded Bullfrog (Kaloula pulchra) (Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand)

Asian Grass Frog (Fejervarya limnocharis) (Cambodia, Thailand)

Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) (Madagascar)



22 December 2008


The first new regional species list for a while - quite a short one, I'm afraid, as this dates to a time before I was skilled at species identification (not to mention note-taking...)


New active links:



Species List - Indonesia

Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko) (Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand)

Malaysian House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) (Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand)





14 December 2008


Another weekly update, including the first new species list up for a while - check out the Species Lists page.


New active links:



Creaking Frog (Cophixalus infacetus) (Australia)

Mountaintop Nursery Frog (Cophixalus monticola) (Australia)

Ornate Nursery Frog (Cophixalus ornatus) (Australia)

Common Asiatic Toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) (Cambodia, Thailand)

Species List - Amphibians



07 December 2008


All the week's updates this time.


New active links:


Madagascar Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila inaurata madagascariensis) (Madagascar)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) (United Kingdom)

Cane Toad (Rhinella marina) (Australia, Costa Rica)

Robust Whistling Frog (Austrochaperina robusta) (Australia)

Rattling Nursery Frog (Cophixalus hosmeri) (Australia)




01 December 2008


After an extended delay, I hope to have time to update this site more regularly for the next month or so, starting with this fellow:


New active links:


Grey Squirrel (Scuirus carolinensis) (United Kingdom)




07 October 2008


New active links:


Lowland Streaked Tenrec (Hemicentetes semispinosus) (Madagascar)



04 October 2008


As it's taking me longer than expected to upload the national and regional lists, I've settled on a change of tack - the Species Lists map now only lists the countries with active links, and I'll concentrate on adding species and regional lists for these existing lists for the most part. That doesn't mean I won't add new country lists for a while - expect to see the Cambodia list uploaded shortly - but new countries will be added at a lower rate.


New active links:



Species List - United Kingdom


And, as I neglected to mention it in the last news bulletin:


Species List - Australia



29 September 2008


The first series of updates continues with a butterfly I've been meaning to identify for a long time (about six years, in fact). Don't worry, new species lists (and page buttons!) will be up soon for anyone not planning a trip to Madagascar!


Brilliant Blue (Junonia rhadama) (Madagascar)



28 September 2008

After months of anticipation, it's finally here! Yes, the news event of the year is here with the launch of The Online Field Guide. Following the lavish opening ceremony attended by all the big names in showbiz, Paris Hilton cut the ribbon to formally inaugurate what promises to be one of the great websites of our age!

New active pages:

Um...all of them! The pages now live on the website (some available exclusively on this page for a limited time only! After which I'll have got the species lists up...) are listed below:



Species Lists - Madagascar

Simple Key to the Reptiles of Southwest Madagascar

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) (United Kingdom)

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) (United Kingdom)

Dainty Green Tree Frog (Litoria gracilenta) (Australia)

Common Frog (Rana temporaria) (United Kingdom)

Common Bush Frog (Polypedates leucomystax) (Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand)

White-lined Chameleon (Furcifer lateralis) (Madagascar)

Oustalet's Chameleon (Furcifer oustaleti) (Madagascar)

Warty Chameleon (Furcifer verrucosus) (Madagascar)