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2017-10-13

Japan is yet another country that spans across more than one fauna area or region. The Ogasawara or Bonin Islands are part of the Pacific Ocean whereas the other islands that Japan consists of all are within Asia.

Japan (belongs to no region) is made up:
. Japan (Asia) - Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Okinanawa and Shikoku
. Japan (Pacific Ocean) - Ogasawara

Since most of our members only have observations in the Asia part we have copied lists and rankings from Japan > Japan (Asia) so that the regional lists include these. Members that have Japan observations in the Pacific should move these to ensure that the regional lists and rankings are correctly reflected - go to Edit my observations, select Japan (Asia) and then use the Toolbox to assign any "pacific" observations to Ogasawara.

Australia is one of a handful of countries that spans across more than one fauna area and region. In iGoTerra, we are using the area and region definitions outlined by the American Birding Association (ABA).

Mainland Australia including Tasmania and some island groups close to the mainland are part of the Australasia region, whereas the following islands are included in regions as follows:

Lord Howe, Norfolk and Macquarie Islands - Pacific Ocean region
Cocos (Keeling) and Christmas Island - Indian Ocean region
Heard and MacDonald Islands - South Polar region

iGoTerra members who have observations and ticks on the country Australia - and not on any of its country areas - should therefore reassign these to a lower area-level to ensure that their area and regional rankings are correctly reflected. This is easy to do: Go to Edit my observations, select Australia and then use the Toolbox to assign the observations to the relevant country area, e.g. "Australia (mainland)" or "Tasmania". On November 1 we will recalculate the rankings for Australia.

You may also want to have a look at the following countries, which also span across more than one region:

Spain
Portugal
Egypt
Turkey
Ecuador
United States
Indonesia

You only have to look at the observations which are sitting on the country level e.g. "United States" - any observations in Texas, Galapagos etc would be automatically correct.




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