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).

DELTA Intkey tutorial

This is particularly clear and concise tutorial on the DELTA Intkey sofware for interactive identification. PDF document by A. Spooner and A. Chapman (western Autralian Herbarium, Department of Environment and Conservation).


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

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.

Lucid3 - On-Line Player

The Online Player joins the other two Player options for Lucid3 keys – the Lucid3 Application Player and the Lucid3 Applet – to provide a great service to our clients and your end-users.

Walking with woodlice

This simple key targeted at primary school pupils helps identifying woodlice most likely found in the UK. It uses special typeface and simple language in order to be appealing to this age group.

The British bumblebee identification guide

This British bumblebee identification guide is an easy-to-use key designed to help you identify bumblebees by looking at the insects' colour patterns. It is available as Flash and HTML version.

World Biodiversity Database

The World Biodiversity Database currently consists of 21 separate projects. All projects (except the cranefly database) were generated using the Web Publisher facility of ETI's Linnaeus II software. Click a project title for more information.

Dryades (Italian branch of the European Project KeyToNature)

Dryades is the Italian branch of the European Project KeyToNature. The website of Dryades gives access to interactive guides for the identification of plants, fungi and animals, to iconographical archives, and to databases on the biodiversity of Italy. A special section is dedicated to products specifically designed for schools. Identification tools are available in 10 languages.

Some of the projects available on the website are public and some are not.



MEKA is an interactive Multiple-Entry Key Algorithm to enable rapid identification of biological specimens. Earlier versions of the program used a command-line interface. The version offered here is the first version developed to run under Windows. MEKA is controlled by mouse clicks; no text is entered. This approach allows very rapid access to program functions.



NaviKey is a Java applet and application for accesssing descriptive data coded in DELTA format and has been implemented as:
  • a Java applet providing the contents of DELTA files (see example with the DELTA sample data files)
  • a stand-alone Java application for accessing DELTA files or PostgreSQL versions of DiversityDescriptions databases, respectively
  • a module ("plug-in") of the Java-based Diversity Navigator database client for accessing DELTA files or PostgreSQL versions of DiversityDescriptions databases, respectively
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