Levi Smith

Joined: Dec 23, 2020 Last Active: Apr 17, 2024 iNaturalist

Naturalist located in North East Florida. My main focus is on creating field guides and doing research on the forgotten parts of things whether it be spiders, animal tracks, or a passing buttery. Unfortunately, my perfectionist self doesn't let me just "know" an area, I must learn until I'm confident I could make a guide, and the answer to that is are you ever ready? Its an endless train to learn knowledge here on iNaturalist. Please hop on and join us!

My Widow Identification Guide: https://www.inaturalist.org/guides/18700?view=card https://www.inaturalist.org/guides/18700?view=card&print=t&layout=book

Please read my description on the species first before following the guide for a better understanding:
A Description of the Identification Factors of the Genus Latrodectus in the field for North America: A multi part series created for the description of the Genus Latrodectus

How I use iNaturalist: Firstly, submit my own observations and put in my own small help with the scientific community. Secondly, track certain species and study any peculiar behavior they may show through multiple observations. I do this with all animals, but especially Herps and Spiders. If you know anything at all like this shoot me a ping and I'll look into it.

How I Identify on iNaturalist and what I am confident identifying: All spiders in North America and all Widow species. Terns, Gulls, Herps and Fish of Southern North America are also species that I am confident identifying. Getting better identifying mammals! Remember, I make a lot of mistakes, but I go through my maverick ids frequently, so just ping me if I made a wrong id - I am experienced, but that doesn't mean I am perfect.

Ping me whenever you need help identifying anything!

My Current Projects:

  • Completing a guide to the spider families of North America
  • Completing a guide to the Widow Spiders of the world. (Ready!)
  • Monitoring the populations of Long-Jawed Orbweavers, Southern, Northern, and Western Black Widows, Gopher Tortoises, Marsh Rabbits, and Loggerhead Shrikes
  • Creating a document for the Tracks of Order Pelecaniformes in North America (Almost Done!)
  • Uniting all of the Lepidoptera projects of Florida to create one united tracking/learning resource. See our current progress and umbrella project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/lepidoptera-of-florida

An important note about iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/cs16-levi/91989-important-note-about-inat

Areas I have traveled: I have traveled all over in the sense of looking for animals. I have been to the West Indies to look for Jamaican Giant Anoles, The Florida Keys for Bonefish, Maine for Crab Species, and the cold creeks of New York for salamanders.

Useful Links: My Ebird Profile, A Heat Map For My Identifications, and Observations I Have Commented On

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