Category: Keys

Identification Technology Program (ITP) in the USA

By Matt

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) established the ITP over 10 years ago. Its purpose – to develop digital identification aids and tools primarily for use by staff in the USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS). Since these tools are freely available on the web and as mobile apps (www.idtools.org), they can be used…

Editors pick – Crop diagnostic and selection keys

By Matt

Crop Diagnostic Tools While the initial purpose in developing Lucid was to provide taxonomists with software they could use to develop matrix identification keys for use by non-taxonomists, it soon became apparent that agronomists and other agricultural scientists could use Lucid software in a different way, to develop crop diagnostic tools for use by non-specialists.…

Thrips of the British Isles

By Matt

This Lucid based identification and information system includes 177 species of thrips that have been taken alive on the British Isles at least once. It provides a means of identifying species, together with an introduction to what is known of the biology and distribution of each species. Developed by Laurence Mound (Australian National Insect Collection,…

Editors pick – Animal and Plant Identification keys

By Matt

Many of the Lucid keys developed to help identify plants and animals have been aimed at providing support to quarantine officers and others concerned with biosecurity issues, specifically preventing the introduction and spread of invasive species. For this reason, the identification tools covered below have been divided into biosecurity tools and biodiversity tools. The Identification…

Lucid Keys

By Matt

Search for a Lucid identification or diagnostic key Search Or explore a selection of editor picks Animal and plant identification Many Lucid keys are developed to help identify plants and animals. Diagnosis of crop problems and plant selection Crop diagnostic tools and plant selection keys developed for use by non-specialists. Learn about keys Learn about…