Lucid keys and apps coming soon

  • Sheep Parasites by the University of Melbourne. Undergoing testing – expected release early 2019.(Lucid Mobile)
  • Edible wild orchids of Zambia by KEW Gardens. (Lucid Mobile)
  • Wilding conifer of New Zealand, Landcare Research, New Zealand. (Lucid Mobile)
  • Adult Frogs and tadpoles, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil. (Lucid Mobile)

More information will be available on these key once released.

Bunching Vegetables

A field guide for the identification of insects pests, beneficials, diseases and disorders of bunching vegetables in Australia.

By Sandra McDougall, Andrew Watson, Len Tesoriero, Valerie Draper, Tony Napier and Gerard Kelly. NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Android Edition

iOS edition available soon.

Spider mite species of Australia (including key exotic southeast Asian pest species)

This interactive Lucid key provides diagnostics for all the species of spider mites (Acari: Tetranychidae) previously recorded in Australia, based mostly on literature records. Several species collected in Australia, but not yet recorded in the literature, are also included (manuscript in prep). In addition, a few select exotic species from south east Asia of concern to Australia’s biosecurity have also been included.

Author: Jennifer J Beard, Queensland Museum (http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/)

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Thrips of the British Isles

This Lucid based identification and information system includes 177 species of thrips that have been taken alive on the British Isles at least once. It provides a means of identifying species, together with an introduction to what is known of the biology and distribution of each species.

Developed by Laurence Mound (Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO), Dom Collins (The Hunterian University of Glasgow) and Anne Hastings (Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO)

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Lucid v3.6 updated

Lucid v3.6

A new Lucid v3.6 update is now available. It adds additional features and corrects several minor bugs. Changes include:

Lucid JavaScript (Browser) Player

  • Fixed thumbnail path bug (and also maintain old thumbnail paths for existing keys).
  • Fixed html references from state gallery bug.
  • Fixed Auto best/Prune settings for Javascript Player.
  • Added export/deploy browser key in list view mode (entity and feature trees).
  • Added Ranked sort mode, entities must be in list view mode to work. Expand top level features/entity groups on key start in browser player. (These options all controlled via existing key option settings)
  • Fixed bug with numeric range comparisons (scaling, incorrect comparator)
  • Shortcut features and Why Discarded options added
  • Fixed entity list jumping in player.
  • Progress spinner shown when loading large keys.

Lucid Builder

  • Fixed dependency save bug.
  • Fixed LIF3 Import bug from really old files (where scopes where set on features not states)
  • Fixed missing ui resource in builder (Deploy Browser on media panel).
  • Fixed score analyser bug.
  • Fixed media list import bug where unsupported media types were included. Also fixed urldecoded filenames in media list
  • Changes to thumbnail generation with alpha (transparent) layers.
  • Fixed thumbnail paths for Unix path separators
  • CSV export/import fixes – including not importing ‘not scoped’ scores.
  • Media panel fixes (browse missing media, selection/focus behaviour).
  • Selections and scoring mode now reflected in status bar.
  • Item properties panels hidden on spreadsheet scoring and score analyser views.
  • Changed numeric input behaviour slightly – (fixed cancel/save bug, prevent auto fill right of scores+add warning)
  • Fixed reporting bug not outputting missing media reports. Cleaned up formatting in some of the other reports (list names, etc)
  • Removed embedded javafx web browser.
  • Further strengthen key save process to help avoid data loss. Added additional logging and exception details.
  • Fixed check for updates function.
  • Added additional key deployment check, if user trying to deploy to inside builder edition of the key folder a warning is shown.
  • Fixed edit language bug.
  • Fixed ui refresh bugs on key open/close tasks
  • Natural language template now allows alternate conjunction and score modifier text to be defined at top level.
  • Fixed progress dialog on key deployment

Click here to download the latest update

To purchase Lucid click here.

Recent keys and Pest Identification tool from the USA

Bee Identification and Information Tool

The Identification Technology Program (ITP) that supports the biosecurity organisation (APHIS) of the US Department of Agriculture has recently released a new Identification and Information tool – Exotic Bee ID.

Like other countries, the USA has experienced a decline in some bee populations, due to habitat loss, pesticides, parasites and pathogens, as well as the introduction of non-native bee species. Exotic Bee ID has been designed to help those working at ports, state departments and extension services who monitor and intercept non-native bees in the US. It will also be of interest to non-experts with an interest in learning features important in bee identification.

This initial release is the first of three phases: future releases will include keys, fact sheets, and images for additional bee families and genera. This phase includes:

  • Instructions on bee specimen preparation
  • Bee morphology illustrations
  • Illustrated glossary of terms
  • Filterable image gallery
  • Searchable fact sheets
  • Two Lucid keys

Exotic Bee ID can be accessed at: http://idtools.org/id/bees/exotic/

Aquarium and Pond Plants of the World, Edition 3 (APPW e3)

This key, also from the ITP team, is a major revision and update to the 2007 second edition. The worldwide trade in plants for use in aquaria and ponds is of considerable quarantine concern, particularly since many aquatic plants have the ability to disperse widely and become dominant in waterways, displacing native species. APPW e3 aims to cover all genera of aquatic plants cultivated commercially in nurseries and private collections around the world. Initially intended for officials at U.S. ports of entry and state departments of agriculture, this key is also useful to other biosecurity agencies and aquatic plant nursery managers, to help them become aware of invasive aquatic species in their stocks or among new acquisitions.

APPWe3 includes:

  • 129 new genera; now a total of 270
  • An additional 1,460 photos to enhance both new and existing taxa
  • An image gallery that is now filterable
  • An additional six aquatic federal noxious weed species included
  • Illustrated glossary with many new terms
  • Restructured, more usable Lucid key

This key can be accessed at https://idtools.org/id/appw/.

Watch for the APPW e3 Lucid Mobile app version, due to be published later this year.

Release of a new web interface to search for pest identification aids

The USDA APHIS ITP team recently announced a new searchable interface for pest identification support. Built in cooperation with North Carolina State University’s Center for Integrated Pest Management, Search ID Aids can be used to quickly find useful web-based identification and screening resources.

ITP maintains an ongoing collection of ID Aids: high-quality web-based tools and apps that support identification of plant pests of concern to PPQ. Each ID Aid is thoroughly reviewed and evaluated to ensure it has value and is from a reputable source. This collection currently includes over 3,800 vetted ID Aids that are image galleries, fact sheets, screening aids, keys of all types, molecular tools, and more, and they cover all plant pest groups. Since we’re continually adding ID Aids, we also have a contact page where we welcome suggestions for pests to cover.

With Search ID Aids both experts and novices can find suitable identification resources. Search by either scientific or common pest name, and then instantly filter your results.

Find Search ID Aids at https://idtools.net/idaids/.