Simple identification tools in FishBase.

Bailly, N., Reyes Jr., R., Atanacio, R. and Froese, Rainer (2010) Simple identification tools in FishBase. In: Tools for Identifying Biodiversity: Progress and Problems. , ed. by Nimis, P. L. and Vignes-Lebbe, R.. EUT - Edizioni Università di Trieste, Triest, pp. 31-36. ISBN 978-88-8303-295-0

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Simple identification tools for fish species were included in the FishBase information system from its inception. Early tools made use of the relational model and characters like fin ray meristics. Soon pictures and drawings were added as a further help, similar to a field guide. Later came the computerization of existing dichotomous keys, again in combination with pictures and other information, and the ability to restrict possible species by country, area, or taxonomic group. Today, offers four different ways to identify species. This paper describes these tools with their advantages and disadvantages, and suggests various options for further
development. It explores the possibility of a holistic and integrated computeraided strategy.

Document Type: Book chapter
Keywords: Ichthyology; Fishbase; databases, identification strategy, simple identification tools, web integration
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EV Marine Evolutionary Ecology
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Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2010 07:18
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2012 15:06

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