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Queensland Shark and Ray ID tool

By Matt

This user-friendly identification tool has been developed to aid field identification of shark and ray species and families that may be encountered in Queensland’s inshore net fisheries. Correct species identification, although difficult, is crucial as it unpins accurate data collection for research, monitoring and evaluation of fishery stocks, and increases confidence in the assessments derived…

A Key to the genera of Australian Jumping Spiders (Araneae: Salticidae)

By Matt

The key is intended to meet the needs of naturalists, biologists and taxonomists who wish to identify Australian jumping spiders. The character set has high redundancy (99 characters, 293 character states) allowing users to begin with whatever observable characters are available to them when using photographs, a high-powered hand lens or a microscope.

Spider mite species of Australia (including key exotic SE Asian pest species)

By Matt

This interactive key provides diagnostics for all the species of spider mites (Acari: Tetranychidae) previously recorded in Australia, based mostly on literature records. Several species collected in Australia, but not yet recorded in the literature, are also included (manuscript in prep). In addition, a few select exotic species from south east Asia of concern to…

Key to the world species of Ips (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae)

By Matt

Lucid key to the world species of Ips (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) A Lucid matrix key designed to allow maximum diagnostic inference from male or female specimens of Ips DeGeer, 1775, including damaged specimens. The key accompanies an article in the Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification (Douglas et al. in press). This article includes a dichotomous…

Key for Identifying Conifers by leaf characters

By Matt

Key for Identifying Conifers by leaf characters This interactive key is a resource for anyone who wants to identify one of the 40 species of coniferous trees on the campus of Reading University by leaf characters.