SPIKEY: An interactive key to Triodia spinifex grasses of the Pilbara, Western Australia Version

SPIKEY: An interactive key to Triodia spinifex grasses of the Pilbara, Western Australia

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

Desktop Edition

http://keys.lucidcentral.org/keys/v3/triodia/

Mobile Apps available at:

Google Play Store and Apple iTunes

Lucid Mobile Update

The Lucid Mobile platform continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Recently several new exciting features have been added, which will be available in the future for those wishing to deploy their keys as mobile Apps.

  • Users now have the ability to save their identification sessions and reload them at a future time.
  • The Lucid App can now open other Lucid based Apps, allowing keys (Apps) to be daisy chained (e.g. as sub keys).
  • This allows users to install keys that they are interested in. The first example of this is the SANBI Keys – See the Keys listing on www.lucidcentral.org for more information on this.
  • The Lucid Mobile App image viewer has been updated to include more features.
    User registration can now be added to your key, along with licence requirements, if required.

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).

Spotlight on Lucid users – MyCrop Diagnostic keys

Wheat splashWhen Lucid was first developed almost 20 years ago, the main focus was on capturing the expertise of taxonomists to develop Lucid-based, interactive identification tools for a range of different organisms and users. More recently, the range of applications of Lucid has broadened. In particular, agronomists and plant protection experts have been using Lucid to develop diagnostic tools for use by advisors and farmers to help determine the cause of crop disorders and what to do about them.

The MyCrop (https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/mycrop) team within the Western Australian Department of Agriculture and Food has developed a series of interactive tools to bring “crop diagnostics to the paddock”.

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Diagnosis of Oral Ulceration

ulcer_app_splashDiagnostic key developed by Laurie Walsh – UQ School of Dentistry & Alex Forrest – Griffith University.

As far as we are aware, this app is the first application of Lucid to help diagnose the possible causes of human medical symptoms. We would be interested to hear of any other current or planned projects using Lucid to develop human or veterinary diagnostic tools.

Available on Android and iOS

Scarab and Stag Beetles of Hawaii and the Pacific

Scarab_ID_Splash

This key will allow you to easily identify adult and immature scarab beetles including established pest species and potential new invasive scarab species. The scarab and stag beetle fauna of Hawaii is of global origin, with non-native species hailing from Australia, Africa, North America, Asia, and Europe. Only five stag beetles are native to Hawaii, and these are greatly in need of conservation and study.

ITP collaborator: Wichita State University

Authors: Joshua B. Dunlap, Mary Liz Jameson, Emmy L. Engasser, Paul E. Skelley, and Amanda J. Redford

Publisher: Identification Technology Program – APHIS/USDA

Website: http://idtools.org/id/beetles/scarab/index.php

Available on Android and iOS