2020 Pan-species Listing Targets

Following up my PSL review of 2019, these are the numbers I want to hit in 2020.

I have also included my current leaderboard standing for each group and overall, as well as my projected standing. The projected standing assumes that no-one else gets any ticks over the year, so will obviously be wildly inaccurate! An equals sign next to a number indicates that I am tied on this total with at least one other person. 51+ indicates that I am not in the top 50 for the group specified.

Group 2019 Final Total 2020 Target Current Standing on Leaderboard Projected Standing on Leaderboard Comment
Algae 27 30 =25 23  
Slime Moulds 0 1 51+ Hopefully I’ll run into one when looking for fungi.
Protists other than Algae and Slime Moulds 0 1 =16  
Lichens 24 25 51+ 51+  
Fungi 131 150 51+ 51+ Should be easily doable if I put any effort in around birding in the autumn.
Bryophytes 25 30 51+ 51+ My friend Duerden Cormack is starting to get into them and when one of us starts with a new taxon group, the other usually follows!
Vascular plants 590 700 51+ 51+ I added 133 in 2019 so this should be doable.
Sponges 1 2 =25 =17  
Comb-jellies 1 2 =8 =1  
Cnidarians 11 13 =16 =14  
Molluscs 62 70 33 30  
Bryozoans 3 4 =11 11  
Annelid worms 12 13 =31 =27  
Platyhelminth worms 3 4 =23 =16  
Sea-spiders 0 1 =9  
Arachnids 75 100 46 =30 This target is probably pushing it a bit, but I’d like the milestone of 100.
Myriapods 13 15 =34 =32  
Crustaceans 32 35 =27 25  
Springtails etc. 7 10 =41 =34  
3-tailed Bristletails 2 3 =22 =12  
Odonata 36 39 =28 =20 The same as my 2019 target. It doesn’t look like I’ll be going to as many places this year but I have a trip lined up to look for White-faced Darters and Downy Emerald (major bogey) in June and I may get a crack at Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly or, hopefully, run into a rarer migrant.
Orthopteroids 26 27 =27 =25 Sadly, it doesn’t look like I’ll have a shot at any new native Orthoptera, maybe I’ll catch up with Southern Oak Bush Cricket Meconema meridionale in Hull or elsewhere or a new earwig or cockroach.
Hemiptera 78 100 51+ 51 (one fewer species than Keith Lugg who is in 50th place) I want to make inroads with Heteroptera in 2020 so the milestone of 100 should be easily achievable.
Hymenoptera 155 180 28 23 I’m not sure how quickly my Hymenoptera list will go up now, I cleaned up a lot of easy (and not so easy!) bees in 2019 and I don’t tend to get many ticks from other groups in Hymenoptera. This is mainly due to laziness.
Coleoptera 153 200 51+ 51+ I got 46 ticks last year, so perhaps 200 is possible!
Diptera 109 130 51+ 51+  
Butterflies 54 55 =35 =30 Doesn’t look like I’ll be able to get any new resident butterflies in 2020, but I can hope for a migrant!
Moths 662 750 49 42 Although I will probably be trapping in fewer and worse places compared to 2019, I feel 750 could be possible.
Remaining small insect orders 18 20 51+ 51 (one fewer than Keith Robson who is in 50th place)  
Echinoderms 8 10 =10 =7  
Tunicates 3 4 =15 =12  
Fish 44 47 =22 =19  
Reptiles 6 7 =37 =22  
Amphibians 7 8 =19 =12 When will Thompson Common’s Pool Frogs be available for viewing???
Birds 313 330 51+ 51+ Probably ambitious, I had 14 ticks last year.
Mammals 40 42 51+ 51+ Pygmy Shrew is a bogey. Hazel Dormouse would be nice.
Other animals 1 2 =27 =14  
Total 2733 3150 62 =49 My target additions add up to 419, I got 473 additions last year so this should be possible. In any case, I really should pass my next thousand milestone.

 

I have mananged 5 ticks this year so far, perhaps the most interesting being this Splitgill fungus Schizophyllum commune, growing as it often does on a plastic-wrapped hay bale. Excuse the poor-quality zoomed phone picture but I saw this from the car, got out and took a quick snap as I didn’t fancy climbing the farmer’s wall.

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