Key to Major Mite Taxa

This key allows identification of the acarine orders Opilioacarida, Holothyrida, and Ixodida.  Additionally keyed are: all 3 suborders of Mesostigmata (Sejida, Trigynaspida, Monogynaspida); the sarcoptiform suborder Endeostigmata; 4 supercohorts, 3 cohorts, and one specialized dispersal stage (the astigmatan hypopus) of Oribatida (including the brachypyline oribatid mites and the former suborder Astigmata); the trombidiform suborder Sphaerolichida; and 3 supercohorts and 2 cohorts of Prostigmata.

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Key Author(s): Dr David Evans Walter Key Version: 1.0
Is it a Mite?

Mites are so small, morphologically diverse, and often bizarrely modified, that even specialists occasionally made an incorrect first diagnosis.  There is even a case in the literature of a mite having been misdescribed as a new species of spider.  

This key is provided in the hopes that if a suspicious looking tiny arthropod is encountered in an inspection, it can quickly be determined if it is a mite.  A second, objective of this key is to begin introducing and explaining the terminology that will be used in my other mites keys.  Terms are explained in the character state notes and images and in a separate glossary. 

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Key Author(s): Dr David Evans Walter Key Version: 1.0
Key to Genera of Bryobiinae (females)

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

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Key Author(s): Dr David Evans Walter Key Version: 1.0
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.

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Key Author(s): Dr David Evans Walter & Dr Heather Proctor Key Version: 1.0
Diatom Identification Key for South African Rivers V2.0

A key to the common and some endemic species of diatoms occurring in South African rivers. Use of the key may be constrained by the absence of endemic species from the Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal provinces.

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Key Author(s): Hardng, WR & Taylor, JC. Key Version: 2.0
Key to the Flowering Plant Familes of the Neotropics

Neotropikey is an international project based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, developing identification resources for the flowering plants of the Neotropical region (tropical South and Central America).

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: 13/04/2011 Views: 4011
Key Author(s): Kew Gardens Key Publisher: Kew Gardens Key Version: 1.0
Orders, Suborders & Cohorts of Mites in Soil

The taxonomy of mites is in a state of flux.  About two dozen major taxa of mites living in soil are currently recognised and variously designated as superorders, orders, suborders (cohorts) or infraorders.  This key allows identification of these groups and also can be used by beginners for determining which of the more advanced family keys are appropriate.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: 01/12/2010 Views: 4335
Key Author(s): David Evans Walter & Heather C. Proctor Key Version: 1
Beetles of the World

Beetles (order Coleoptera) are the most diverse and species-rich group of animals in the world. This fully-illustrated key allows users to identify adult beetles to the level of family, subfamily, and often to genus. To ask questions or report an error, please contact

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: 28/10/2010 Views: 6182
Key Author(s): J. F. Lawrence, A. M. Hastings, A. Seago, and A. Slipinkski Key Publisher: CSIRO Entomology, TRIN, Beetle Tree of Life Key Version: Updated October 2010
Key to Common Suburban Weeds

Part of the Centre for Biological Information Technology (CBIT) celebration of the UQ Centenary

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: 24/09/2010 Views: 5675
Key Author(s): CBIT Key Publisher: CBIT Key Version: 1.0
Key to Pond Organisms

Simple key to common organisms found in ponds

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: 23/04/2010 Views: 5646
Key Author(s): Tal Taylor Key Version: 1.0
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