SPIKEY: An interactive key to Triodia spinifex grasses of the Pilbara, Western Australia is an interactive identification tool covering all of the hummock grasses (the genus Triodia) colloquially known as ‘spinifex’ that occur in the Pilbara bioregion and adjacent areas of Western Australia. This key covers a total of 28 species and one hybrid, about one-quarter of the species in the genus Triodia, using 28 features. This is an important update; about half of the species treated are recently described, and are not covered by earlier synopses of Triodia. Triodia are the dominant plants and a major restoration target in arid zone hummock grasslands, an ecosystem covering 18% of Australia, and correct identification is critical to successful restoration and rehabilitation. This app is intended to be used by land managers, rehabilitation practitioners, botanical consultants, seed collectors, identification botanists and anyone curious about Triodia.
Authors: Matthew D. Barrett, Benjamin M. Anderson, Kevin R. Thiele
Mobile Apps available at:
Google Play Store and Apple iTunes
Aquarium and Pond Plants of the World (http://idtools.org/id/appw) is currently undergoing a major update, nearly doubling the number of taxa included. The significantly expanded new edition will be called Aquatic Plants of the World, and it will be available as a Lucid Mobile App towards the end of 2017. The authors of Edition 3 are Shaun Winterton, Julia Scher, Jamie Burnett, and Amanda Redford.
The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is set to release Lepidopteran Families of Biosecurity Concern, by Stacey Anderson and Glenn Bellis – An interactive Lucid key to assist in recognising families of targeted Lepidoptera of biosecurity concern using morphological characters of the adult.
This key is now available as a Lucid mobile app, via Goggle Play and Apple iTunes.
The mobile app edition of FunKey has now been updated, for existing users this update should become automatically available via your device update application.
Check the announcement forum for updates on this release
Both the USB edition and Lucid mobile App have been updated. The iOS edition of the App also contains several improvements to the interface.
For updates to the USB edition see: http://rainforests.net.au/updates/
The mobile App updates are available via the Google and Apple App stores.
Five popular key products released over the past several years on DVD and USB now have a new update available.
This update upgrades the underlying identification technology to the very latest Lucid Player options available.
Users will now have three choices when it comes to using the identification keys.
- The Lucid Applet Player – More features, no install but requires the Java Runtime Environment and Firefox.
- The Lucid Application Player – More features, installed application, requires the Java Runtime Environment, but doesn’t need run within a web browser.
Visit www.lucidcentral.org for more information about this update.
Hal Cogger, one of Australia’s foremost reptile experts, has developed a Lucid key to 223 Australian snakes. It is expected to be published under the Lucid Mobile platform in the next couple of months.
This very popular and impressive key has now been released as an app.
Rainforest Plants of Australia – Rockhampton to Victoria, is based on the popular interactive computer key (distributed as a USB) of the same name. The app includes the full identification key to 1140 species, fact sheets for all species and features used in the key, introductory and reference sections and over 8,000 images.
Rainforest Plants of Australia – Rockhampton to Victoria available at Apple iTunes.
Rainforest Plants of Australia – Rockhampton to Victoria available at Google Play.
An illustrated, interactive key to the Australian heterobranch sea slug families.
The Australia heterobranch sea slugs not only have popular appeal among the public but they also hold scientific importance. NudiKey provides a simple, interactive tool to assist with their identification and an opportunity for users to become familiar with the external diagnostic characteristics found in this highly speciose group of gastropod molluscs. NudiKey summarises the essential characteristics of the epibenthic families and, using high quality photographs of living animals, comprises a comprehensively illustrated, user-friendly, interactive key.
Author: Matthew J. Nimbs
Funded by: Southern Cross University & National Marine Science Centre
The Pacific Pest and Pathogens App has been updated again to include an additional 30 taxa and fact sheets, many of these being pests and pathogens of vegetable crops found in the Papua New Guinea highlands. The App now covers 300 pests and diseases.
Authors: Grahame Jackson et al.
Funded by: ACIAR, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
Pacific Pests and Pathogens @ iTunes App Store
Pacific Pests and Pathogens @ Google Play Store