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A Linnaeus NG (TM) interactive key to the Lithocolletinae of North-West Europe aimed at accelerating the accumulation of reliable biodiversity data (Lepidoptera, Gracillariidae).

Doorenweerd C, van Haren MM, Schermer M, Pieterse S, van Nieukerken EJ - Zookeys (2014)

Bottom Line: We present an interactive key that is available online through any web browser without the need to install any additional software, making it an easily accessible tool for the larger public.The user can input data on several external morphological character systems in addition to distribution, host plant and even characteristics of the larval feeding traces to reach an identification.We expect that this will enable more people to contribute with reliable observation data on this group of moths and alleviate the workload of taxonomic specialists, allowing them to focus on other new keys or taxonomic work.

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Affiliation: Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Department of Terrestrial Zoology, P.O. Box 9517, 2300 RA, Leiden, the Netherlands.

ABSTRACT
We present an interactive key that is available online through any web browser without the need to install any additional software, making it an easily accessible tool for the larger public. The key can be found at http://identify.naturalis.nl/lithocolletinae. The key includes all 86 North-West European Lithocolletinae, a subfamily of smaller moths ("micro-moths") that is commonly not treated in field guides. The user can input data on several external morphological character systems in addition to distribution, host plant and even characteristics of the larval feeding traces to reach an identification. We expect that this will enable more people to contribute with reliable observation data on this group of moths and alleviate the workload of taxonomic specialists, allowing them to focus on other new keys or taxonomic work.

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Screenshot of the user interface with different sections indicated. 1 Search by name 2 search by character 3 main window with resulting selection, a more information, links to respective species page on fauna europaea b distinctive characters, becomes visible with a selection of 8 or less c displays species with a similar appearance.
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Figure 1: Screenshot of the user interface with different sections indicated. 1 Search by name 2 search by character 3 main window with resulting selection, a more information, links to respective species page on fauna europaea b distinctive characters, becomes visible with a selection of 8 or less c displays species with a similar appearance.

Mentions: Each possible outcome of the key is represented by a thumbnail photograph of a mounted adult specimen in the main section (Figure 1: 3). Photographs were taken using stacking photography with a motorized Zeiss V20 with MRc5 camera and Axiovision software. During post-processing, photographs were sharpened, reduced in size to 800×600 pixels and backgrounds were homogenized in Adobe Photoshop CS5®. The main section of the key starts with all 96 possible outcomes, of which only the first 15 will be shown initially to prevent long loading times. Scrolling down and clicking the “show more results” button will show more options with increments of 15. Photographs can be enlarged by clicking on the thumbnail. By using the forward and previous buttons in the image overlay, the user can navigate through all remaining search results. There are three buttons below each thumbnail. The left symbol (Figure 1: a) provides additional information through an external link to the corresponding species page on Lepiforum.de. The centre symbol (Figure 1: b) is activated when less than eight options remain and lists the differences in character states. The symbol on the right (Figure 1: c) shows which outcomes are highly similar, when applicable. The selection of highly likely outcomes is based on indications in literature or personal experience of the authors, there is no automated algorithm involved.


A Linnaeus NG (TM) interactive key to the Lithocolletinae of North-West Europe aimed at accelerating the accumulation of reliable biodiversity data (Lepidoptera, Gracillariidae).

Doorenweerd C, van Haren MM, Schermer M, Pieterse S, van Nieukerken EJ - Zookeys (2014)

Screenshot of the user interface with different sections indicated. 1 Search by name 2 search by character 3 main window with resulting selection, a more information, links to respective species page on fauna europaea b distinctive characters, becomes visible with a selection of 8 or less c displays species with a similar appearance.
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Figure 1: Screenshot of the user interface with different sections indicated. 1 Search by name 2 search by character 3 main window with resulting selection, a more information, links to respective species page on fauna europaea b distinctive characters, becomes visible with a selection of 8 or less c displays species with a similar appearance.
Mentions: Each possible outcome of the key is represented by a thumbnail photograph of a mounted adult specimen in the main section (Figure 1: 3). Photographs were taken using stacking photography with a motorized Zeiss V20 with MRc5 camera and Axiovision software. During post-processing, photographs were sharpened, reduced in size to 800×600 pixels and backgrounds were homogenized in Adobe Photoshop CS5®. The main section of the key starts with all 96 possible outcomes, of which only the first 15 will be shown initially to prevent long loading times. Scrolling down and clicking the “show more results” button will show more options with increments of 15. Photographs can be enlarged by clicking on the thumbnail. By using the forward and previous buttons in the image overlay, the user can navigate through all remaining search results. There are three buttons below each thumbnail. The left symbol (Figure 1: a) provides additional information through an external link to the corresponding species page on Lepiforum.de. The centre symbol (Figure 1: b) is activated when less than eight options remain and lists the differences in character states. The symbol on the right (Figure 1: c) shows which outcomes are highly similar, when applicable. The selection of highly likely outcomes is based on indications in literature or personal experience of the authors, there is no automated algorithm involved.

Bottom Line: We present an interactive key that is available online through any web browser without the need to install any additional software, making it an easily accessible tool for the larger public.The user can input data on several external morphological character systems in addition to distribution, host plant and even characteristics of the larval feeding traces to reach an identification.We expect that this will enable more people to contribute with reliable observation data on this group of moths and alleviate the workload of taxonomic specialists, allowing them to focus on other new keys or taxonomic work.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Department of Terrestrial Zoology, P.O. Box 9517, 2300 RA, Leiden, the Netherlands.

ABSTRACT
We present an interactive key that is available online through any web browser without the need to install any additional software, making it an easily accessible tool for the larger public. The key can be found at http://identify.naturalis.nl/lithocolletinae. The key includes all 86 North-West European Lithocolletinae, a subfamily of smaller moths ("micro-moths") that is commonly not treated in field guides. The user can input data on several external morphological character systems in addition to distribution, host plant and even characteristics of the larval feeding traces to reach an identification. We expect that this will enable more people to contribute with reliable observation data on this group of moths and alleviate the workload of taxonomic specialists, allowing them to focus on other new keys or taxonomic work.

No MeSH data available.