Five popular identification keys updated with latest Lucid technology

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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 Browser Player – JavaScript based, no install, Java Runtime Environment or plug-ins required. Just a modern web browser!
  • 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.

Rainforest Plants of Australia – Rockhampton to Victoria – Now available as an App!

Rainforest Plants of Australia - Rockhampton to Victoria AppsThis 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.

 

iOS Rainforest Plants of Australia – Rockhampton to Victoria available at Apple iTunes.

Android Rainforest Plants of Australia – Rockhampton to Victoria available at Google Play.

NudiKey v1.0 released

NudiKey v1.0An 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.

URL: http://keys.lucidcentral.org/keys/v3/NudiKey/

Author: Matthew J. Nimbs

Funded by: Southern Cross University & National Marine Science Centre

Pacific Pests and Pathogens v4

Pacific Pests and Pathogens AppThe 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.

Apple iOSPacific Pests and Pathogens @ iTunes App Store

AndroidPacific Pests and Pathogens @ Google Play Store

South African wildlife and plant keys – Traffic.org and SANBI Keys

IDentifIT AppsTraffic – the wildlife trade monitoring network and the South African National Biodiversity Institute SANBI have been working on two identification keys to help assist customs officials, law enforcement officers, border police and Environmental Management Inspectors (EMI’s) working against the illegal wildlife and plant trade. The following two “IDentifyIT – Species” keys help inspectors identify plant and wildlife parts. They are now preparing to make these keys available to the public – see below.

Cycad ID Tool – provides a practical, easy-to-use identification guide to South African Encephalartos species.

Species ID Tool – assists with the identification of South African TOPS and CITES-listed species, thereby enabling better regulation and monitoring of the local and international trade in these threatened and endangered species.

Authors: Tess Rayner et al.

Android & iOS: Coming Soon. Please check back later.

These key projects were a collaboration between the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and TRAFFIC, the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network, a strategic alliance of WWF – World Wide Fund for Nature and IUCN – The World Conservation Union. The project was sponsored by NORAD, SANBI and the Mazda Wildlife Fund.

Australian Freshwater Molluscs key released

Australian Freshwater MolluscsWe have been working with Dr Anders Hallan and Dr Winston Ponder from the Australian Museum over the past few months to ready this key for release.

The Australian Freshwater Molluscs key is one of the first to use the new Lucid JavaScript Player. It shows off a number of new features that are now available. For example, this key demonstrates how users, via JavaScript, can control the selection of feature states and subsets selection, along with various interface elements such as windows, thumbnails and other key settings prior to opening the key.

The content for this key was developed in Fact Sheet Fusion, which used a customised template based on the responsive Html Bootstrap framework, enabling the content to be viewed across various screen sizes and devices.

A Lucid Mobile App is also a possibility for this key in the near future.

URL: http://keys.lucidcentral.org/keys/v3/freshwater_molluscs/

Authors: W.F. Ponder, A. Hallan, M. Shea and S.A. Clark

Interested in converting your existing Lucid Key to an App at no cost?

Lucid mobile phoneA mobile App edition of your key could make it more accessible and convenient for use by your target audience since most Lucid Mobile Apps are fully downloaded onto an Android or iOS device and can be used anywhere, without the need for Wi-Fi or 3 or 4G connection.

For example, our Insect Orders app has been installed on over 80 thousand devices! Lucid based mobile Apps consistently receive high ratings and very positive user feedback.

Identic currently provides a service for those who want their Lucid Mobile keys to be available either as a free app or as a commercial product. We prepare keys for conversion and manage the process for making the App available via the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes. The cost of this service depends on how much work is required to convert the key and content along with what feature options are selected that are now available in the Lucid Mobile platform.

We recognise that it’s sometimes difficult raising up-front costs for this service, so we are offering Lucid Key developers an alternative option.

Identic is prepared to consider converting your key to an App at no cost, provided you agree to a small fee being charged to the user for downloading the App. Once Identic has recovered the agreed cost of conversion from sales of the App, you (or your institution) as the key author would then get 60% of the net revenue from sales, once Google/iTunes fees have been deducted.

If you are interested in exploring this further, please contact Matt Taylor (matt@identic.com.au).

New Keys – June/July 2016

Key to Tachinidae of New Zealand

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The Tachinidae is the largest family of all the parasitic flies in the order Diptera, with around 10,000 described species in the world. It is estimated that thousands of species are still undescribed, making Tachinidae possibly the most specious parasitic fly family. Tachinidae are parasitic on invertebrates, mainly insects at different life stages. In New Zealand Tachinidae are known to only parasitize insects in the insect orders of Hemiptera, Coleoptera and Lepidoptera.

Author: Schnitzler F-R 2016