Many Lucid matrix keys developed to support plant and animal identification have been focused on providing support to quarantine officers and others concerned with biosecurity issues. The selected identification tools described below initially focus on those keys that address biosecurity concerns; the keys that follow are more focused on biodiversity issues.
Lucid pathway keys – Note that the software for building and converting printed dichotomous (or pathway) keys has recently been added to the 2021 Lucid4 Builder. Read more for details of the process involved in converting printed dichotomous keys to Lucid pathway keys. Examples of recent conversions of previously published dichotomous keys can be viewed here; including a key to rice arthropods found in West African rice fields and a recent taxonomic revision of three mydas-fly genera found in Southern Africa.
The Identification Technology Program (ITP) in the USA
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).
Over the past decade two prominent thrips taxonomists, Laurence Mound in Australia and Gerald Moritz in Germany, together with international colleagues, have authored several Lucid Thrips identification tools.
Invasive ants form a small and somewhat distinct subset of ants introduced into new environments by humans.
Mosquitoes have been important vectors of human pathogens for thousands of years; their importance is likely to increase as global warming changes the world-wide distribution of mosquito species.
Invasive plant keys for Europe
A set of keys were developed to facilitate identification during border inspection and verification of interceptions in support of the implementation of the EU regulation regarding invasive alien species.
Aquarium and Pond Plants of the World
The increasing worldwide demand for plants suitable for use in aquariums and ponds has an unfortunate consequence that many of the plant species involved in this trade end up being released into local waterways.
Weed seed keys
A website (https://www.idseed.org/), recently launched by the International Seed Morphology Association, aims to “promote collaboration, knowledge sharing, resource development, and research among those who are interested in seed morphology and seed identification”.
Key to Weeds of SE Qld and Northern NSW
Weeds of South-East Queensland and Northern NSW is an identification and information tool covering suburban, rural, environmental and agricultural weeds.
Australian Freshwater Molluscs
The focus of this resource is on Australian freshwater molluscs an extraordinarily diverse group of animals found in in a wide range of natural and man-made habitats, including rivers, streams, lakes, billabongs, ponds, dams, irrigation channels, and desert springs.
Wattle: Acacias of Australia
The Wattle – Acacias of Australia app (WATTLE ver. 3) enables users to identify wattle plants that occur anywhere in Australia or elsewhere in the world where they are grown. It includes 1,057 formally described species of Acacia, plus several hybrids and informal taxa of this genus.
Keys for conservation
Many keys have been developed by international agencies concerned with various conservation activities with funding from a range of agencies.
Supporting Biodiversity Research and Planning
The key to Ecosites of Ontario provides a systematic means of determining the classification of a specific site. This can be particularly useful for forest managers, allowing them to make sound silvicultural and resource management decisions.
Keys developed by Manaaki Whenua (Landcare Research) in New Zealand
The aim of Manaaki Whenua (Landcare Research) is to deliver exceptional science and research spanning a wide array of scientific disciplines to support activities in four areas: Biodiversity, Biosecurity, Land and Environment. To help support this goal Lucid keys are being developed to important groups of New Zealand flora.
Australian Rainforest Plant keys
Research and identification of plant species found in rainforests on mainland Australia is critical to the study and conservation of those rainforest areas that still exist. Based on extensive field and taxonomic research, two major Lucid keys to rainforest plants have been developed – one for the southern, east coast (Rockhampton to Victoria) and the other from Rockhampton to further north.