Kevin Murray

Unido: 06.ago.2018 Última actividad: 27.oct.2020

Retired with my wife to the farm Brakputs on the northern boundary of the Namaqua National Park, Namaqualand, South Africa. Have started the process of becoming a Private Nature Reserve. Submissions to iNaturalist will help us considerably with our species lists. I think we never really knew what the word ‘biodiversity’ meant until we got here! What an incredible environment.

TO ALL iNAT IDENTIFIERS: With some trepidation I recently embarked on identifications. I wanted to start repaying the debt I felt I owed. I began to deeply appreciate what you Identifiers do. The remarkable expertise you share. The time you generously give. I salute you all! Feb 2019.


Identifying animal scats has been an interest of mine for more than 20 years. My pocket guide Scatalog was published by Struik in 2011. I also now have updated data and information.

I’ve enjoyed the challenge of IDing scats on iNat. And a challenge it often is. The bottom line is that a single closeup pic of the scat itself is usually insufficient for an ID. This usually just gives shape. You invariably need other information as well. A good start is a scale item, like a coin or ruler. It allows me to calculate the exact dimensions of the scat and produce a shortlist of possible candidates.

If you are interested in submitting scat observations, then see the following two journal posts in the "Scats & Dung (s Afr)" project:

General suggestions:

Why and how to use scale items:

You can join the project here:

I’m happy to try to identify any scat, but there’s much more information available on mammals than any other group. But don’t test me with the likes of small rodents and bats! With a few exceptions, IDs of scats from other groups (reptiles, birds, amphibians, etc.) are likely to be only to group level. I will also restrict myself to southern Africa.

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