[Taxacom] New technological applications used in taxonomy

Lyubomir Penev lyubo.penev at gmail.com
Tue Sep 3 10:22:07 CDT 2013

Dear Taxacomers,

I'd like to draw your attention to two technology-driven papers with
interactive rotational SEM images' model embedded in both HTML and PDF
versions, and a novel identification key based on simultaneous use of rSEM
images, conventional photographs and drawings:

Akkari N, Cheung DK-B, Enghoff H, Stoev P (2013) Revolving SEM images
visualizing 3D taxonomic characters: application to six species of the
millipede genus Ommatoiulus Latzel, 1884, with description of seven new
species and an interactive key to the Tunisian members of the genus
(Diplopoda, Julida, Julidae). ZooKeys 328: 5–45. doi:
10.3897/zookeys.328.5763 <http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.328.5763>


Cheung DK-B, Brunke AJ, Akkari N, Souza CM, Pape T (2013) Rotational
Scanning Electron Micrographs (rSEM): A novel and accessible tool to
visualize and communicate complex morphology. ZooKeys 328: 47–57. doi:
10.3897/zookeys.328.5768 <http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.328.5768>


The publications present an innovative illustration technique that allows
the integration of scanning electron microscope images into an interactive
rotatable model (rSEM) to visualize complex morphological features. In
addition, authors present a highly visual identification key that uses
interactive media including line drawings, photographs and scanning
electron micrographs to illustrate most informative taxonomic characters in
the studied group. The new techniques aim to help overcoming
“angle-of-view” problems in taxa where identification is based on complex
structures which creates difficulties of relating the various components
spatially to each other.

More in the associated editorial
and press release<http://www.pensoft.net/news.php?n=294&SESID=58bd9764f906f4d4d7fe9658b88d6bd2>



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