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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: 23/03/2018 Views: 331
Key Author(s): D. Christopher DARLING and Sophie CARDINAL Key Version: 1.5
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: 15/02/2018 Views: 408
Key Author(s): Adriano Cavalleri, Laurence A. Mound, Mariana F. Lindner, Marcos Botton, Milton de Souza Mendonça Jr. Key Version: Feb 2018
Key to the World Genera of Eulophidae Parasitoids (Hymenoptera) of Leafmining Agromyzidae (Diptera)

Introduction

In this website, we provided a key of the world genera of eulophids recorded on agromyzid leafminers. We used 25 characters and recognized 29 genera, divided in the subfamilies as follows: 6 genera within Tetrastichinae, 10 within Entedoninae, and 13 among Eulophinae (7 Cirrospilini and 6 Eulophini). For each genus, notes are given for diagnosis, classification, distribution, and biology. Taxonomic comments and numerous pictures have been also provided in order to facilitate their recognition. We however considered separately two taxa within Cirrospilus Westwood: the species C. ambiguus Hansson & La Salle and the “variegatus group” of species. Both taxa have in fact unique features within Cirrospilus, and warrant further investigation as to their exact generic limits. We were unable to include two other genera belonging to the subfamily Eulophinae and recorded as agromyzid parasitoids (Noyes, 2001): Ginsiella Erdös and Guptaiella Khan & Sushil (see comments under these genera). Finally, some notes, supported by pictures, about the family Eulophidae and its subfamilies are given. Notes on Elasmini are also provided, as there are some Lepidoptera leafminers parasitoids within this tribe. We haven’t considered the tribes Gyrolasomini and Euderomphalini and the unplaced tribes Platytrecampini, Anselmellini and Ophemilini, as none of these have ever been recorded as parasitoids of leafminers.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: 12/12/2017 Views: 17488
Key Author(s): Placido Reina and John La Salle Key Publisher: CSIRO Key Version: 16 January, 2006, Updated 11 December 2017
An interactive key to the troglobitic invertebrates of Brazil

Introduction

This key is an interactive tool to help identify the troglobitic invertebrates species that occurs in Brazil. The key comprises 78 species, forming a matrix of 231 morphological characters and more than 200 images to support identification.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: 07/12/2017 Views: 22862
Key Author(s): Daniele Regina Parizotto, Amanda Ciprandi Pires, Kleber Makoto Mise, Rodrigo Lopes Ferreira & Gisele Cristina Sessegolo Key Publisher: Lucidcentral.org Key Version: November 2017
Key to the white grub adults and larvae

Introduction

Key to the white grub adults and larvae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae, Rutelinae, Melolonthinae) that occur in sugarcane of southern and eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. This Lucid key forms part of the output of EU-ACP Sugar Research Programme (RPR/009/07) EDF IX Project 2.1.USE OF BIOPESTICIDES FOR THE CONTROL OF SUGARCANE WHITE GRUBS.

Authors

Corinna S. Bazelet1, Mike Way2, Pia Addison1, Des Conlong1,2, Seelavarn Ganeshan3
1 IPM Initiative, Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
2 South African Sugarcane Research Institute, South Africa
3 Mauritius Sugarcane Industry Research Institute, Mauritius

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: 08/11/2017 Views: 36805
Key Publisher: Lucidcentral.org Key Version: November 2017
Key to the weeds in imported bonsai plants in Europe

Introduction

This key is an identification tool for weeds that are introduced in Europe as they are imported as weeds in bonsai or other potplants. As many potplants are produced in Asia and South America, many common weeds in those regions are included. The species treated in this key do not necessarily have invasive treats and some will not survive a European winter.

A total of 136 species is included. All features are illustrated with botanical drawings so that no knowledge of botanical terms is needed, basic knowledge of plant morphology, however, is helpful. Distinguishing characters have been added for certain groups of closely related species. The keys link to complete species descriptions on the Q-bank – Plants website. All species are well illustrated by photographs showing distinguishing characteristics or invaded sites. The key is regularly updated with new species and new photographs. This key is also available in French and Dutch.

Q-bank

Q-bank – Comprehensive databases on plant pests and diseases covers the following organism groups that contain quarantine organisms:

  • Fungi
  • Bacteria
  • Invasive Plants
  • Nematodes
  • Arthropods
  • Phytoplasma’s
  • Viruses and viroids

The databases are curated by internationally known specialists and contain specimen-based information including molecular data. The website offers the possibility to blast, in single- or multi-locus mode, sequences for identification.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: 02/11/2017 Views: 22800
Key Author(s): Hortus Botanicus Leiden, Netherlands, Naturalis Centre for Biodiversity, Leiden & National Plant Protection Organization the Netherlands, Wageningen Key Publisher: Lucidcentral.org Key Version: November 2017
Key to the invasive terrestrial plants in Europe

Introduction

This key helps to identify the major invasive terrestrial plants in NW Europe. Invasive are those species that pose a threat to the biodiversity of the ecoregion. Species included are both those that already are known to be invasive in this region, as well as species known to be invasive elsewhere in comparable climatic regions. Moreover, look-alikes are included to distinguish closely related taxa. A total of 140 species is included. All features are illustrated with botanical drawings so that no knowledge of botanical terms is needed, basic knowledge of plant morphology, however, is helpful. The keys link to complete species descriptions on the Q-bank – Plants website. All species are well illustrated by photographs showing distinguishing characteristics or invaded sites. The key is regularly updated with new species and new photographs. Species that are imported in Europe as weeds in potplants are treated in a separate key. This key is also available in French and Dutch.

Q-bank

Q-bank – Comprehensive databases on plant pests and diseases covers the following organism groups that contain quarantine organisms:

  • Fungi
  • Bacteria
  • Invasive Plants
  • Nematodes
  • Arthropods
  • Phytoplasma’s
  • Viruses and viroids

The databases are curated by internationally known specialists and contain specimen-based information including molecular data. The website offers the possibility to blast, in single- or multi-locus mode, sequences for identification.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: 02/11/2017 Views: 18547
Key Author(s): H. Duistermaat, E. Boer, J. van Valkenburg, Hortus Botanicus Leiden.< Key Publisher: Lucidcentral.org Key Version: June 2017
Seeds of invasive plants

Introduction

This key is an identification tool for seeds of invasive plants. The choice of species was based on an extensive survey of seeds and seed mixtures in trade, where the seeds of these invasive species were found as contamination.

A total of 143 species is included. All features are illustrated with botanical drawings so that no knowledge of botanical terms is needed, basic knowledge of plant morphology, however, is helpful. The keys link to complete species descriptions on the Q-bank – Plants website. All species are well illustrated by photographs showing distinguishing characteristics or invaded sites. This key is also available in French and Dutch.

Q-bank

Q-bank – Comprehensive databases on plant pests and diseases covers the following organism groups that contain quarantine organisms:

  • Fungi
  • Bacteria
  • Invasive Plants
  • Nematodes
  • Arthropods
  • Phytoplasma’s
  • Viruses and viroids

The databases are curated by internationally known specialists and contain specimen-based information including molecular data. The website offers the possibility to blast, in single- or multi-locus mode, sequences for identification.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: 02/11/2017 Views: 5322
Key Author(s): Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis (section NHN), Leiden & the Plant Protection Service, Wageningen Key Publisher: Lucidcentral.org Key Version: September 2017
Seedlings of invasive plants

Introduction

This key helps to identify seedlings of invasive plants, so plants can be recognized in an early stage of development. The species included are those of invasive terrestrial plants and/or plants which are introduced as weeds in imported potplants.

A total of 92 species is included. All features are illustrated with botanical drawings so that no knowledge of botanical terms is needed, basic knowledge of plant morphology, however, is helpful. The keys link to complete species descriptions on the Q-bank – Plants website. All species are well illustrated by photographs showing distinguishing characteristics or invaded sites. Several species are also treated in the Key to the invasive terrestrial plants and/or the Key to the Weeds in bonsai plants. This key is also available in French and Dutch.

Q-bank

Q-bank – Comprehensive databases on plant pests and diseases covers the following organism groups that contain quarantine organisms:

  • Fungi
  • Bacteria
  • Invasive Plants
  • Nematodes
  • Arthropods
  • Phytoplasma’s
  • Viruses and viroids

The databases are curated by internationally known specialists and contain specimen-based information including molecular data. The website offers the possibility to blast, in single- or multi-locus mode, sequences for identification.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: 02/11/2017 Views: 5286
Key Author(s): C. Tomas & H. Duistermaat, Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands Key Publisher: Lucidcentral.org Key Version: September 2017
Key to the Afrotropical Silky Lacewings (Insecta: Neuroptera: Psychopsidae)

Fully illustrated identification guide to the extant subfamilies, genera and species of the Afrotropical Psychopsidae.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: 26/10/2017 Views: 9445
Key Author(s): Deon K. Bakkes, Catherine L. Sole, Mervyn W. Mansell Key Version: 1.0
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