Category: Keys

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.

Crop rotations and their resistance to plant-parasitic nematodes

By Matt

Crop rotations and their resistance to plant-parasitic nematodes Plant-parasitic nematodes are important pests of many crops. Since rotating nematode-resistant cover crops can play an important role in managing nematode pests, a range of potentially useful crops have been tested for resistance to root-knot nematode in Australia. As part of this work, useful crops have also…

Tools for Identifying plants and animals: a brief history

By Matt

Many people often want to identify a plant or animal. Some need this information for important practical purposes, such as identifying mosquitoes or other insects that can carry human or plant diseases; or identifying new invasive weeds. Others, such as amateur entomologists or botanists simply want to know the name of a specific insect or…