What is the situation over the verification of spider records? Looking at the records it appears that only records submitted via NatureSpot get verified, with records from iRecord General not verified for about three years. The British Arachnological Society (BAS) runs the recording scheme, but when I look at NBN Atlas the BAS are not listed as supplying any data, and even for a common species like Zygiella x-notata the distibution is very patchy, and, implying that they are not feeding data into NBN.. I know that schemes have there own reasons for not sharing data, but given the importance of spiders in terrestrial ecosystems the absence of verified data must be seriously distorting the biodiversity analyses.
The reason I am raising this here is that I am about to add spiders to the groups I report, but there is no point if my records are just going to sit in limbo.