Species ID

Species-ID is dedicated to species descriptions and identification keys. It supports projects creating keys as well as projects creating species identification software.

XPER² in action - Video tutorial on XPER²

Short silent video of presentation of the XPER² software (management of taxonomic descriptions and interactive identification keys).


An Information System for Characterization and DEtermination of EctoMYcorrhizae

The goal is
• to offer a online database system for multiple usage and therewith dissemination of expert knowledge especially by providing public access to database generated identification keys, natural language descriptions and illustrations of ectomycorrhizae
• to promote common standards on descriptive data connected with taxonomic names of ectomycorrhizae to facilitate interoperability and data exchange

LIAS – A Global Information System for Lichenized and Non-Lichenized Ascomycetes

LIAS is a multi-authored information system for the collection and distribution of descriptive and other biodiversity data on lichens and non-lichenized ascomycetes. The goal is

* to provide a working space for cooperation and collaboration of experts on ascomycetes in the Internet

The Phycology.Net

The Phycology.Net has been established as a non-commercial scientific data platform for linking phycological websites in a structured way. The Phycology.Net aims to

* provide access to online data on the biodiversity of algae, especially their taxonomy, distribution, phylogeny, descriptive characters, collections, literature etc.

The Mycology.Net

The Mycology.Net has been established as a non-commercial scientific data platform for linking mycological and lichenological websites in a structured way.

The Mycology.Net aims to


DiversityNavigator is a rich-client application for viewing, editing, and analyzing data. DiversityNavigator is written in java and can access both local and server based databases. It is compatible to a variety of database engines.

Diversity Workbench

The Diversity Workbench is work in progress, aiming at developing a set of information models and application components that collaborate through agreed software interfaces. That is, each component of the Workbench applications uses services from other applications, but at the same time does not need to know about the internal design and implementation of them (encapsulation principle). The goal is increased reuse and collaboration across project and national borders.


The ‘MorphoBrowser’ database and interface is a 3D visualisation and searching tool for mammalian teeth, accessible over the web. It allows the user to ‘browse’ through the diverse range of tooth morphologies found in mammals, both extinct and extant. While browsing, the three-dimensional shape of the teeth can be viewed from any direction by rotating and scaling the tooth.

Digital Taxonomy Software

Digital Taxonomy intends to provide a range of links on software, methodologies, standards, data sources, and projects relatedto biodiversity data management, with emphasis on open source and free softwaretools for biodiversity informatics.

Morphometric Software at Suny Stony Brook

The purpose of this directory is to make available programs useful for morphometric analysis. Contributions of additional software are welcome. Contact us with suggestions for improvements and with additional contributions to the morphmet archive. Click on the categories in the contents window (at the left) to obtain lists of available software. The platform required by each program (e.g., DOS, Windows, Mac, Unix) is indicated in red for each program.

DIALOBIS (DIALOgue Biological Identification System)

Dialobis Edition offers individual authors, companies and Publishing houses the possibility to publish scientific relevant documents - Monographs, Dissertations, Doctoral/Post doctoral thesis, Reports, Annual Reports, Congress Report, and Corporate identity - in electronic form on CD-ROM or DVD.

Our popular scientific CD’s are produced under the auspices of Dialobis (Dialogue Biological Identification System) - Software. Detailed information is put together at different pages.



Xper2 is a flexible and powerful knowledge management tool that helps users make an identification or diagnosis. It is a complete system that can performs management of descriptive data (creation of knowledge databases), and offers many associated tools in order to analyse those descriptive data (control and prevent of inconsistencies, comparison and analysis of taxonomic descriptions, summary of the base). Xper2 has an Editor and a Player for creating and deploying identification keys (free acces keys).


SLIKS is a small Javascript program that I developed to facilitate the use of interactive keys. It runs over the web or locally on your machine.


PICKEY (Pictured Interactive Computerized biological KEY) is an interactive multi-entry polychotomous key for identification of organisms by intensive use of images. PICKEY is a most user-attractive part of the package BIKEY, which include a large set of programs for creation, analysis and subsequent perfection of computer keys, the initial information for this programs is stored in the form of data bases of most widespread and accessible format DBF for systems FoxPro, dBASE, FoxBase, Clipper, etc.


Lysandra is a software for creating keys and database on different groups of living organisms.


PANDORA is a database system for taxonomic and biodiversity research projects, such as floras or monographs.


Create key from Delta files. Rachis is an open-source application for the arrangement of entities in a hierarchical system (taxonomy), and an interactive key for the entities in that system. The development of Rachis is in a very early stage at the moment, but progressing at a reasonable pace.

Linnaeus II


Linnaeus II is an innovative multifunctional research tool for systematists and biodiversity researchers, facilitating biodiversity documentation and species identification.

Linnaeus II was developed by ETI BioInformatics at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The software package, available for both Windows and Mac OS X, allows the creation of taxonomic databases, optimizes the construction of easy-to-use identification keys, expedites the display and comparison of distribution patterns, and promotes the use of taxonomic data for biodiversity studies.

The software can also be used to publish completed information systems on CD-ROM / DVD-ROM or make them available on the Web.

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