CD with invertebrates

Dave Walter D.Walter at MAILBOX.UQ.EDU.AU
Wed Jan 9 09:51:37 CST 2002

Hi Bill,

I don't know if you are familiar with the Lucid identification system, but
they have about 17 interactive keys loaded with images of invertebrates
available free at their web site:

Many of these are draft versions or earlier versions of keys that have
since been published and are available commercially on CD-ROM with full
versions of the Lucid Player.

  I've found these keys invaluable in teaching Invertebrate Zoology,
especially for the arthropods (most of the invert keys so far).  There also
are keys on corals, eucalypts, fungi and other taxa available.  A CD with a
variety of Lucid keys to arthropods, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, weeds, etc
is in production for use in teaching in Australian schools.

Two CDs with some of my keys and many hundreds of images have been
published (so caveat emptor), and I'll take this chance to plug them.  The
'Mites in Soil' CD includes a key with most of the major groups of
terrestrial arthropods (e.g. Symphyla, Pauropoda, Chilopoda, Diplopoda,
Isopoda, Amphipoda, Collembola, Diplura, Insecta, most arachnid orders [and
tardigrades and onychophorans for good luck]) and four mite keys:

Walter, D.E. & Proctor, H.C.  2001.  Mites in Soil: An interactive key to
mites and other soil microarthropods.  ABRS Identification Series.  CSIRO
Press, Collingwood.

Interactive Guide to Australian Aquatic Invertebrates, Windows Edition
2.  CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria (LucID CD-ROM interactive key).


Dave Walter

At 03:55 PM 8/01/02 -0500, you wrote:
I'm looking for a CD or similar resource with lots of pictures of
invertebrate diversity, for use in lectures in a course in Invertebrate

I have been using a video-disk (remember those?) but now our player is
getting unreliable and the machines are no longer easily obtained, if at
all.  I'd very much prefer to go to a CD, perhaps even one the students
could buy.

Any ideas?

Bill Shear
Department of Biology
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney VA 23943
Dr David Evans Walter
Senior Lecturer & Coordinator for Entomology Flexible Learning
Department of Zoology & Entomology
Project Leader, Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Plant Protection
The University of Queensland, St. Lucia Campus,
Brisbane, Queensland 4072 Australia
Tele. (61)(7) 3365-1564; Fax (61)(7) 3365-1922
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