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Pan-species Listing

This page is where Pan-species Listing was born in January 2011 with eight people in the original rankings. It has long since outgrown my webpage so please visit the Pan-species Listing website to find out more and to get involved.

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11 Responses “Pan-species Listing”

  1. Grahame Madge says:

    Hi Mark, as a birder who has seen most of the easily accessible species now in Britain, I’m looking for a new challenge. And I’m quite hooked on this concept. However, the problems of identification for a novice are enormous and can be quite discouraging. Any tips or advice on how to help break this barrier would be gratefully received.
    Cheers Grahame

  2. markgtelfer says:

    Hi Grahame,
    As an accomplished birder, you have already mastered a very challenging taxonomic group and you should have nothing to fear from the rest of Britain’s biodiversity. Ok, well maybe steer clear of fungus gnats and aleocharine rove-beetles for a bit! The good news is that identifying British wildlife has never been easier. Across many groups there are excellent ID resources in print and online. And a major change since I started on beetles is that you no longer need a local mentor to help each time you get stuck: there’s now a supportive online community of coleopterists willing to share their expertise. The same goes for many other taxonomic groups. Enjoy the challenge! Mark

  3. Colin Plant says:

    Just come across this Telferian sillyness – didn’t know about it – been too busy doing real entomology!!! However, for the hell of it I just asked MapMate how many invertebrates I have seen and it is close on 4000. However, I have only entered about a quarter of all my data. If I add on the birds (I used to put rings on them) and the fungi (I once wrote a paper on them) and the plants (I still pretend to recognise some of them) I reckon I must be up in the top 5 at least. Might even muster a few lacewings! When I get a spare lifetime I must get round to doing a formal count – just for the fun of dislodging a fellow nerd from his lofty position. 6134 seems to be a target worth aiming at? Pity I can’t count all my Eastern European stuff though!

  4. markgtelfer says:

    Welcome Colin! I think Jonty and Dave will take some beating but I’m sure you would be able to bump me off third position. Trouble is it’s such a mammoth task to count up a pan-species list of several thousand. Maybe you could do an estimate? Mark

  5. Neil Fletcher says:

    Hi Mark, the Google doc does not display in Firefox 13.0.1 (Latest version).

  6. Rachel Bicker says:

    Hello Mark, I’m new to ecology and thinking of computerising my own species records in various notebook and excel files. Any tips for how to lay it out in an efficient way and what would be the minimum info to include? Many thanks, Rachel

  7. markgtelfer says:

    Rachel, My advice would be to use MapMate:
    Keeping biological records in a spreadsheet is not uncommon but it does result in messy data and creates a lot of cleaning work for records centres and recording scheme organisers!

  8. Pete Boardman says:

    I wish I hadnt seen this! Whilst no one has commented for a while I’m going to have to have a go at this so I can add my name to the Top 40. I’ve started with my invert records on MapMate so will work on everything else in bits of spare time over the coming weeks. Cheers Pete

  9. markgtelfer says:

    Excellent Pete, look forward to adding you to the rankings! Mark

  10. Buzz Clark says:

    So I am a pan-species lister. Never knew that when i woke up this morning. Always just classed myself as a curious naturalist. I say that I am a naturalist, my friends and family say that i am curious!
    I photo / record everything and anything just to keep my mind healthy – too late for the body. Satrted on moth recording las year just because. Love the concept but being close to being computer illiterate how do I submit a list. I won’t trouble the big guns but would be interesting to see if the top 50 would accomadate me.

  11. markgtelfer says:

    Hi Buzz and welcome! This page on my website is obsolete now (and I really ought to take it down). The new website for Pan-species Listing is here ( and that’s where you can sign up and join the rankings.

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