All Australian Rubus

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


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Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Mar 31, 2015 Views: 20520
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: 17656
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: 16100
Key Author(s): Torsten Dikow Key Version: 1.0
An interactive identification tool to identify adult females of Stratiolaelaps

This is a key to adult females of described species of Stratiolaelaps compiled by Dr David Evans Walter of Colorado State University and the University of Alberta.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: May 13, 2011 Views: 15544
Key Author(s): Dr David Evans Walter Key Version: 1.0
Key to willow species and hybrids present in New Zealand

This key is illustrated with more than 2000 images of willow species and hybrids that are either wild or in cultivation in New Zealand, and the features that are used to identify them. Most illustrations are of willow clones grown in the national willow collection in Palmerston North maintained by Plant and Food NZ.

The key is designed for those with some experience in plant identification, and some features will need at least a strong hand lens (10x or better) to see features such as stamen filament hairs. It will be of use to bee-keepers, farmers with an interest in growing willows as bee food, and conservation estate managers who need to identify willows in the wild.

Writing of this key was funded by the Sustainable Farming Fund, Trees for Bees NZ, the Willow and Poplar Trust, Plant and Food NZ, and Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: May 27, 2019 Views: 15431
Key Author(s): Glenny D, Jones T Key Publisher: Landcare Research Key Version: 2019
A Key to the genera of Australian Jumping Spiders (Araneae: Salticidae)

Identification key:

The key is intended to meet the needs of naturalists, biologists and taxonomists who wish to identify Australian jumping spiders. The character set has high redundancy (99 characters, 293 character states) allowing users to begin with whatever observable characters are available to them when using photographs, a high-powered hand lens or a microscope.

An information sheet attached to each genus provides a list of known species and information on evolutionary relationships, distribution, habits, a simplified diagnosis, and some key references. A series of diagrams and photographs (of living specimens and of aspects of the morphology, including palps and epigynes) is provided for each genus.

Further information and instructions for using the key can be found in the document attached to ‘Salticidae’ in the top right hand quadrant of the key.

Please send comments, or suggestions for improving the key, and requests for assistance, to [email protected].

The key can be cited as Richardson, B.J., Whyte, R. and Żabka, M. (2019). A key to the genera of Australian jumping spiders (Aranaea: Salticidae).

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Jun 20, 2019 Views: 14975
Key Author(s): B.J. Richardson, R. Whyte and M. Żabka Key Publisher: Key Version: 1.0
Flower Chafers of New South Wales

This key enables the user to identify the adult Flower Chafers, technically known as Cetoniinae, of New South Wales to species. The Cetoniinae are a subfamily of the family Scarabaeidae, which includes Dung Beetles, Christmas Beetles, Rhinoceros Beetles and Chafers.

This key was created by Chris Reid and Matthew Bulbert, of the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Research, Australian Museum, Sydney. The illustrations and key construction are by Matthew Bulbert and the descriptions and taxonomic decisions by Chris Reid.

At present, this key excludes species of the tribe Valgini, which are small and difficult to identify.

The key has been constructed from examination of preserved specimens held at the Museum, or loaned from other institutions, and is the first key for the identification of the New South Wales Cetoniinae. The choice of species is based on locality information taken from the Zoological Catalogue for Australian Cetoniinae (Cassis and Weir, 1992), literature records, advice from colleagues and specimen data held by the Museum.

The key has been designed for people with varying degrees of prior knowledge of beetles, from the general enthusiast to research scientist. The terminology has been kept simple but is supported by a glossary and illustrations.

At the time of writing the authors are unaware of any undescribed or additional described species from New South Wales.

Throughout the key the following abbreviations have been used for Australian states and territories:

  • QLD - Queensland
  • NSW - New South Wales
  • ACT - Australian Capital Territory
  • VIC - Victoria
  • TAS - Tasmania
  • SA - South Australia
  • WA - Western Australia
  • NT - Northern Territory

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Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Dec 14, 2016 Views: 14650
Key Author(s): Chris Reid and Matthew Bulbert Key Publisher: Australian Museum Key Version: 1.0
The moss genus Bryum in Switzerland

Taxonomic scope: Bryophytes

Description: The genus Bryum is one of the most challenging genera of bryophytes. This key contains 47 species known from Switzerland and adjacent countries. Nearly all characters are illustrated with microscopical photographs.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Apr 29, 2015 Views: 14561
Key Author(s): H. Hofmann & K. Lotterman Key Version: 2.0
Key to Haemodoraceae of Western Australia

This key allows identification of all species of the kangaroo paw family (Haemodoraceae) in Western Australia


We are grateful to many friends and colleagues working at the WA Herbarium for supplying diverse data, images, maps, ideas, and taxonomic and computing expertise that have made the development of this data set possible. In particular we wish to thank Rob Davis for photos and taxonomic help, Mike Hislop, Steve Dillon, and Margaret Langley for their help with taxonomic queries. We note that the photographic species images available here come from the WA Herbarium’s online plant information system, FloraBase, and represent the work of a team of dedicated volunteers. The maps, also part of FloraBase, represent specimens held at the WA Herbarium.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Dec 16, 2016 Views: 14478
Key Author(s): Chris Hollister & Kevin Thiele Key Publisher: Western Australian Herbarium, Department of Parks and Wildlife Key Version: 1.0
An interactive identification tool to identify the genera of Tetranychinae of most interest to quarantine

This key allows identification of the genera of Tetranychinae of most interest to quarantine.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: May 13, 2011 Views: 14473
Key Author(s): Dr David Evans Walter Key Version: 1.0
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