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Gaia Guide is a non-profit initiative, putting field guides in the hands of anyone carrying a smart phone or tablet. Access to the information on this website is and will remain free. Likewise, all field guides based upon this website are free.

Our goal

The goal is to make it easier for people to recognise the great variety of life around them and, through recognition, start to build an understanding of that life, its needs, its beauty, and its value.

Our offer

If you are planning a trip to a region covered by a field guide on this website, consider either downloading a tailor made mobile application or downloading the Gaia Guide mobile application and then selecting the specific groups of species from this site that you wish to upload into the app.
Being crowd sourced, there are and will continue to be gaps in species coverage. If you encounter a species that is not covered on this site please consider using one of the mobile applications to record the details of your encounter, to upload those details to this site and to include photos so that others with similar encounters can be assisted in future.
If you are doing a biodiversity survey in a particular region, also consider using Gaia Guide. Should the area or species of interest not already be covered by existing data, we can work with you to efficiently assemble suitable field guide data to support biodiversity survey work. All records gathered using our mobile applications are uploaded to this website. They can then be filtered, edited and reviewed online and are available for download by researchers in a variety of formats. If this interests you, please get in touch.

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Recently contributed images

Turtle weed (Chlorodesmis fastigiata) at Day Reef

© Lyle Vail

Halimeda cylindracea at Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, 17 metres depth

© Anne Hoggett

Numerous Halimeda cylindracea plants on the intertidal flat off Lizard Island Research Station.

© Anne Hoggett

Halimeda cylindracea exposed at low tide at Lizard Island.

© Anne Hoggett

Halimeda macroloba at 17 metres depth in Watson's Bay, Lizard Island

© Anne Hoggett

Reproductive structures on Halimeda macroloba at Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, 17 metres depth, 30 Nov 2014

© Anne Hoggett

Halimeda macroloba at 18 metres depth in Watson's Bay, Lizard Island

© Lyle Vail

Reproductive structures on Halimeda macroloba at Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, 17 metres depth, 30 Nov 2014

© Anne Hoggett

Hydroclathrus clathratus at Lizard Island. 

© Penny Berents

Meyer's Butterflyfish (Chaetodon meyeri), Reunion Island

© zsispeo on Flickr