WATTLE Acacias of Australia ver. 3

This WATTLE ver. 3 key (which is also available as an App) enables users to identify wattle plants that occur anywhere in Australia or elsewhere in the world where they are grown. It includes 1,057 formally described species of Acacia, plus several hybrids and informal taxa of this genus. It also includes two species of Acaciella, four species of Senegalia and nine species of Vachellia that occur in Australia and which were previously included in Acacia.

WATTLE ver. 3 builds upon two previous versions of WATTLE, namely, the original version that was published in 2001 on CD and version 2 that was published in 2014 on the Lucidcentral website. Compared with earlier versions, which are no longer available, WATTLE ver. 3 contains more species, updated coding and new or updated descriptions for each taxon, together with photographs and improved distribution maps.

At the heart of WATTLE is a powerful Lucid identification key which helps people of all ages to quickly and accurately identify species. The key is a truly random access tool, one that allows users to enter, in any order, the characteristics of a specimen that they wish to identify. The key then lists those species possessing the characteristics nominated, rejecting those that do not match the criteria entered. By progressively providing additional characteristics about the unknown specimen, users can narrow the search, eventually ending up with just one or a few species.

The key provides context-relevant information (text and images) that assist users to correctly interpret the characteristics of the plant they are attempting to identify. For those who want information about the species that has been identified, WATTLE ver. 3 provides fact sheets containing illustrations, detailed descriptions, photographs and maps that can be accessed directly. Hyperlinks provide simple navigation between fact sheets of related or similar species.

WATTLE ver. 3 is jointly published by the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS), Canberra, The Western Australian Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (formerly CALM) and Identic Pty Ltd, Queensland. WATTLE complements the Flora of Australia (

How to cite this key

Maslin, B.R. (coordinator) (2018). WATTLE, Interactive Identification of Australian Acacia. Version 3. (Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra; Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Perth; Identic Pty. Ltd., Brisbane).

This identification key and fact sheets are available as a mobile application:

Android Wattle appApple iOS Wattle app

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Sep 3, 2018 Views: 31232
Key Author(s): B.R. Maslin (coordinator) Key Version: 3
Lampyrid-ID: Key to the world genera of fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae)

Fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) are a cosmopolitan group of ~ 2,500 beetle species with rampant misclassification (Martin et al. 2019). This is in part due to morphological variation within genera and between genders. The problem arises when authors base classification on these variable morphologies. Based on this (Martin et al. 2019) recent reclassification there are ~145 genera in 10 subfamilies.

Here we present a key to the world genera of fireflies. This tool is based entirely on the males of the group, these being the most well-known and commonly encountered. Where possible the coding scheme is based on the type species. This project is necessarily a work in progress and various updates are already being planned. We welcome collaboration from all users of this tool.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Jan 18, 2020 Views: 30298
Key Author(s): Gavin J. Martin, Marc A. Branham, Luiz F. L. Da Silveira, Seth M. Bybee Key Publisher: Lucidcentral Key Version: 2019
Thrips of Brazil

The Thysanoptera fauna of Brazil is one of the most diverse in the world. More than 530 species were described based on material collected in Brazilian territory and approximately 700 species are recorded from this country. This number represents more than 10% of the species described in the Thysanoptera. Besides the large number of species, the Brazilian fauna is also diverse in terms of ecology and life histories.

In this identification system, the user can identify the 6 Thysanoptera families that occur in Brazil.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Feb 15, 2018 Views: 30282
Key Author(s): Adriano Cavalleri, Laurence A. Mound, Mariana F. Lindner, Marcos Botton, Milton de Souza Mendonça Jr. Key Version: Feb 2018
Interactive identification tool to identify the plant-parasitic mites (Acari) of most interest to quarantine

This key allows separation of the plant-parasitic mite families of most interest to quarantine.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: May 13, 2011 Views: 30209
Key Author(s): Dr David Evans Walter Key Version: 1.0
key to the world species groups of Leucospis (Hymenoptera: Leucospidae)

This key provides an interactive identification tool designed to identify any Leucospis specimen to the species group level. The Lucid key recognizes 20 taxa of Leucospis, 16 species groups and 4 species sola (Darling and Cardinal 2005). Keys to the species are available in Boucek (1974).

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Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Mar 23, 2018 Views: 29891
Key Author(s): D. Christopher DARLING and Sophie CARDINAL Key Version: 1.5
Interactive key to New World Diplotaxini genera and to Brazilian Liogenys Guérin-Méneville species

Liogenys Guérin-Méneville, the most speciose Neotropical Diplotaxini, occurs from Panama throughout most of South America to southern Argentina and Chile and comprises about 95 species (Cherman et al. 2019). During the taxonomic revision of this genus (2011-2019) 38 new species were found occurring throughout South America, out of which only 23 species (the Brazilian species) have been already published.

This key was built to solve the identification of this huge genus. Up to now, the key comprises only the Brazilian Liogenys species. Despite that, new articles are being prepared with new species of the entire genus, together with redescriptions and nomenclatural acts. The key is going to be updated after each new publication.

The current release (last version) of the key includes 49 Liogenys species, plus five terminals which correspond to the New World Diplotaxini genera: Diplotaxis Kirby, Homalochilus Blanchard, Pachrodema Blanchard, Pacuvia Curtis and Liogenys, according to Cherman et al. (2016) phylogeny. The genera were included firstly to help in distinguishing Liogenys from the other New World Diplotaxini, but also has a long-term goal, which is to include non-Liogenys species of Diplotaxini. The key is based on adults, males and females, and primary types were studied for all the species.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Jan 4, 2020 Views: 29797
Key Author(s): Mariana A. Cherman, Daniel S. Basilio, Kleber M. Mise, Lúcia M. Almeida. Key Version: 2019
A Key to the Genera of Endeostigmata and Sphaerolichida

This is a key to the genera of primitive acariform mite groups Endeostigmata and Sphaerolichida written and compiled by Dr David Evans Walter of Colorado State University and the University of Alberta with the assistance of Dr Heather Proctor of the University of Alberta.

Endeostigmatans are common in many habitats, but seem to reach their highest abundances in extreme habitats such as deserts, beaches, and polar regions. As far as is known, these mites are fungivores, algivores and predators on small invertebrates such as nematodes, tardigrades, and mites.  None are considered economically important pests.  They are most likely to be intercepted in goods containing soil, especially dry soils including sand, lichens, mosses or other materials associated with dry or otherwise extreme habitats, including anthropogenic accumulations of dust.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: May 13, 2011 Views: 26687
Key Author(s): Dr David Evans Walter & Dr Heather Proctor Key Version: 1.0
All Australian Rubus

Blackberry -  An identification tool to introduced and native Rubus in Australia


Click here to view the home page of this key


Or click the name of the key (top left) to launch the key directly.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Mar 31, 2015 Views: 24573
Key Author(s): Barker, R.M. & Barker, W.R. Key Version: 1.0
Soil Microarthropods

This is a key to the major lineages (Classes and Orders) of soil-inhabiting microarthropods. For our purposes this means that arthropods < 1 cm in length as adults are included.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Jun 1, 2011 Views: 22310
Key Author(s): David Walter and Heather Proctor Key Publisher: The University of Queensland Key Version: v1.0
Anasillomos key Dikow 2015

Key to species of Anasillomos (Insecta: Diptera: Asilidae) following taxonomic revision by Dikow 2015 (doi:

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Apr 22, 2015 Views: 20114
Key Author(s): Torsten Dikow Key Version: 1.0
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