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Australian Soft Scale (Coccidae) Genera

This is the first key to the known genera of Australian soft scales (Sternorryncha: Coccoidea: Coccidae). About 80 described species of soft scales in 26 genera have been recorded from Australia (Ben-Dov et al. 2009). The real diversity of Australian soft scales in poorly known; most Australian specimens can not be identified to genus (Gullan and Hodgson 1998). Froggatt (1921) was the last to review the fauna comprehensively. Hodgson (1994) described and illustrated the type species of each soft scale genus recognized at that time, and provided keys to subfamilies and genera, but the keys are based on only the type species of each genus. Therefore, they fail to capture the morphological diversity in each genus and many specimens cannot be properly identified. Since 1994 a number of new Australian genera have been erected.  This key should permit relatively painless generic identification of properly slide-mounted specimens of described species known to occur in Australia. In many cases, specific identification should also be possible with this tool; several genera are monotypic, and if a dichotomous key to species was previously available for a particular group we have included it in the HTML document for each genus.  PJ Gullan and CJ Hodgson have been working for some time on a revision of the Australian soft scales. One issue in addition to undescribed taxa is that the current classification poorly reflects ancestry. This key should help you to place your query specimen in the context of the present state of classification, flawed though it may be.  All photos by T Kondo.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: 30/10/2009 Views: 6065
Key Author(s): Nate Hardy and Takumasa Kondo Key Version: 1
Life in the Suburbs - Birds Key

The Life in the Suburbs project is an initiative of the Australian National University (ANU) in partnership with the ACT Government, the Australian National Botanical Gardens (ANBG), CSIRO, National Museum of Australia, National Capital Authority, and the Sullivans Creek Catchment Group.  The initiative is supported by the Australian Government’s Natural Heritage Trust.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: 27/10/2009 Views: 3753
Key Author(s): Dr T. Young Key Publisher: ANU Key Version: 1.0
Life in the Suburbs - Mammals Key

The Life in the Suburbs project is an initiative of the Australian National University (ANU) in partnership with the ACT Government, the Australian National Botanical Gardens (ANBG), CSIRO, National Museum of Australia, National Capital Authority, and the Sullivans Creek Catchment Group.  The initiative is supported by the Australian Government’s Natural Heritage Trust.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: 27/10/2009 Views: 3587
Key Author(s): Dr T. Young Key Publisher: ANU Key Version: 1.0
Life in the Suburbs - Reptiles Key

The Life in the Suburbs project is an initiative of the Australian National University (ANU) in partnership with the ACT Government, the Australian National Botanical Gardens (ANBG), CSIRO, National Museum of Australia, National Capital Authority, and the Sullivans Creek Catchment Group.  The initiative is supported by the Australian Government’s Natural Heritage Trust.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: 27/10/2009 Views: 4063
Key Author(s): Dr T. Young Key Publisher: ANU Key Version: 1.0
Life in the Suburbs - Frogs Key

The Life in the Suburbs project is an initiative of the Australian National University (ANU) in partnership with the ACT Government, the Australian National Botanical Gardens (ANBG), CSIRO, National Museum of Australia, National Capital Authority, and the Sullivans Creek Catchment Group.  The initiative is supported by the Australian Government’s Natural Heritage Trust.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: 27/10/2009 Views: 4167
Key Author(s): Dr T. Young Key Publisher: ANU Key Version: 1.0
Dohrniphora longirostrata group

Demonstration key only.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: 29/01/2009 Views: 4520
Key Author(s): Dr Brian Brown Key Publisher: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Key Version: 1.0
Queensland Pasture Selection Tool

A pasture selection tool.

Posted By: Mr. Stuart Brown Last Updated: 10/11/2008 Views: 2545
Key Author(s): Stuart Brown Key Publisher: CSIRO Key Version: 1.0
South Australian Pasture Selection key

Key for South Australia

Posted By: Mr. Stuart Brown Last Updated: 22/10/2008 Views: 2828
Key Author(s): Stuart Brown Key Publisher: CSIRO Key Version: 1.0
Western Australia Pasture selection tool

Pasture selection tool for Western Australia

Posted By: Mr. Stuart Brown Last Updated: 22/10/2008 Views: 2712
Victoria/Tasmania pasture slection tool

Pasture selection tool for Victoria and Tasmania

Posted By: Mr. Stuart Brown Last Updated: 22/10/2008 Views: 3040
Key Author(s): Stuart Brown Key Version: 1.0
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