We use a range of strategies and resources for species identification. Some species are simple, some difficult … and some are quite literally impossible, as they have not yet been scientifically described and named.
There is a reason we seek to find out 'who is who'. Ecological interactions are often species-specific. The better we are able to recognise different species, the more we'll understand of the ecology of the forest.
We began preparing this page as a simple list of the web references and guide books we most commonly use. In compiling the list, however, it occurred to us that some examples of how we go about identifying species might prove more interesting and useful. So here goes: