Lucid March 2016 Newsletter

Interested in converting your existing Lucid Key to an App at no cost?

Lucid Mobile AppA mobile App edition of your key could make it more accessible and convenient for use by your target audience since most Lucid Mobile Apps are fully downloaded onto an Android or iOS device and can be used anywhere, without the need for Wi-Fi or 3 or 4G connection.

For example, our Insect Orders app has been installed on over 80 thousand devices! Lucid based mobile Apps consistently receive high ratings and very positive user feedback.

Identic currently provides a service for those who want their Lucid Mobile keys to be available either as a free app or as a commercial product. We prepare keys for conversion and manage the process for making the App available via the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes. The cost of this service depends on how much work is required to convert the key and content along with what feature options are selected that are now available in the Lucid Mobile platform.

We recognise that it's sometimes difficult raising up-front costs for this service, so we are offering Lucid Key developers an alternative option.

Identic is prepared to consider converting your key to an App at no cost, provided you agree to a small fee being charged to the user for downloading the App. Once Identic has recovered the agreed cost of conversion from sales of the App, you (or your institution) as the key author would then get 60% of the net revenue from sales, once Google/iTunes fees have been deducted.

If you are interested in exploring this further, please contact Matt Taylor (


Lucid Workshops

Brisbane workshops

Lucid Brisbane workshop February 2016A two-day Lucid training workshop was held in Brisbane on the 11th and 12th February.

The workshop presenters were Kevin Thiele (a consultant from WA who has been involved with Lucid design and development for almost 20 years), Matt Taylor and Damian Barnier (Identic).

There were participants with interests in fruit flies, flesh eating flies, mosquitoes, weed seeds, plants in northern Australia and bulbs.

A second, two-day workshop will be held at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia on the 21st & 22nd July 2016.

If you are interested in knowing more about this workshop, please contact us

Or you can book and secure your place now. The cost of the workshop is $650.00 ex GST.

As mentioned in the last newsletter, we are currently planning two further workshops in November this year – in Mexico and Brazil. If you are interested in attending either of these workshops, please contact us.


Spotlight on Lucid users – Thrips keys


Over the past decade two prominent thrips taxonomists, Laurence Mound in Australia and Gerald Moritz in Germany, together with other colleagues, have authored a number of Lucid Thrips identification tools. The first product, a CD for identifying thrips species likely to be intercepted by quarantine officials in Australia, was produced in 1998. This then led to further Lucid based products including “Pest thrips of the world”, and regional tools for use in North America, California and East Africa.

While the early keys were made available to users as CD-Rom products, subsequently all of these keys have been updated and re-deployed as online keys and/or as Android/iOS smartphone apps.

Over time, the authors have also added several features to provide additional information and training material for learning about thrips biology, classification and structural features, collecting, and micro-slide preparation. Additional features that have contributed to improved thrips identification include better photomicrographs and links to molecular techniques and data.

Brief details and links to these keys are provided below, in chronological order of publication.


AQIS Identification guide - Thysanoptera (1998)


ThripsID (2001)

Species most likely to be taken on plant material imported into Australia.
Gerald Moritz and Laurence Mound
CD-Version 1999 – No longer available as a CD
Available Online
Identification guide to 180 pest species, and all nine families; illustrated by 1500 photomicrograph's.
Laurence Mound, David Morris, Gerald Moritz
CD - Version 2003

Pest Thrips of the World

Pest thrips of the world (2004)

Thrips of California

Thrips of California (2008) – new expanded version 2012

An identification and information system using molecular and microscopic methods.
Moritz G, Mound LA, Morris DC, Goldarazena A
Available on CD - Version 2004
Available Online

Hoddle MS, Mound LA, Paris DL.
CD-Version 2012
Available Online

Pest thrips of North America

Pest thrips of North America (2009)

Oz Thrips

OzThrips (2012)

Pest thrips of North America associated with domestic and imported crops.
Moritz G, O´Donnell C, Parrella M
Available on CD - Version 2009
Available Online
Learn about thrips in Oz – Details, photos and identification
Laurence Mound, Desley Tree and Dena Paris 
Available Online

Pest Thrips of East Africa

Pest thrips of East Africa (2013)

Citrus Pests Key

Citrus Pests Key (2015)

Identification and information tools for pest thrips of East Africa (family and subfamily key)
Moritz G, Brandt S, Triapitsyn S, Subramanian S
CD Version 2013
Available Online
Android edition
Citrus Pests Key is aimed primarily at providing non-entomologists with a pest identification tool requiring access to a light microscope and hand lens. The key features 53 insect pests of citrus, including 6 species of thrips.
Sarahlynne Guerrero, Jennifer Weeks, Amanda Hodges, Kirk Martin and Norman Leppla
Available Online
Android Edition
iOS Edition



New Keys

Hawaiian Scarab ID: Scarab and Stag Beetles of Hawaii and the Pacific

Scarab ID

A mobile app (Android and iOS) of Scarab ID is to follow soon!

ITP collaborator: Wichita State University
Authors: Joshua B. Dunlap, Mary Liz Jameson, Emmy L. Engasser, Paul E. Skelley, and Amanda J. Redford
Identification Technology Program - APHIS/USDA

Carrion Flies of Australia

Carrion Flies of Australia

Authors: Kavazos C. R. J., Meiklejohn K. A., Archer M. S. and Wallman J. F. (2016)
Publisher: University of Wollongong
URL: Launch key

An interactive tool for the identification of the flies most frequently encountered breeding in carrion in Australia. This tool enables the rapid identification of over 70 species, with accompanying information on their taxonomy, biology and distribution. Also included is a range of photographs of all species and their morphological features.

Key to the Haemodoraceae of Western Australia

Key to the Haemodoraceae of Western Australia

Authors: Chris Hollister & Kevin Thiele
Publisher: Western Australia Herbarium
URL: Launch key

Haemodoraceae is a largely south-west Western Australian family, although a small number of species are found in eastern and northern Australia and in tropical South, Central and North America, and in South Africa and New Guinea.

This key includes all described and phrase-named (informal) taxa in Western Australia, contained in the following genera:

  • Anigozanthos (11 species)
  • Blancoa (1 species)
  • Conostylis (45 species)
  • Haemodorum (15 species and 3 informal species)
  • Phlebocarya (3 species)
  • Tribonanthes (6 species and 1 informal species)

The best known Western Australian genus is Anigozanthos, the kangaroo paw. The most species-rich genus is Conostylis.


Updated Keys

Rainforest Plants of Australia

Rainforest Plants of Australia
This extremely popular key has been recently updated to cope with the latest Java Runtime Environment changes.

The update is free for existing licence holders and can be downloaded from Gwen Harden Publishing ( or if you don't already have it you can still purchase this key from either:

Gwen Harden Publishing OR Terania Rainforest Publishing

Liriomyza Parasitoids in Southeast Asia

Liriomyza Parasitoids in Southeast Asia
This key first published in 2005 has now been updated to the Lucid Key Server Player. No Java required.

Authors: Nicole Fisher, Rosichon Ubaidillah, Placido Reina and John La Salle
Publisher: CSIRO
URL: Launch key