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Simple identification tools in FishBase
Bailly, N.; Reyes, R.; Atanacio, R.; Froese, R. (2010). Simple identification tools in FishBase, in: Nimis, P.L. et al. (Ed.) Tools for identifying biodiversity: progress and problems. Proceedings of the international congress, Paris, September 20-22, 2010. pp. 31-36
In: Nimis, P.L.; Vignes-Lebbe, R. (Ed.) (2010). Tools for identifying biodiversity: progress and problems. Proceedings of the international congress, Paris, September 20-22, 2010. EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste: Trieste. ISBN 9788883032950. , more

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  • Bailly, N., more
  • Reyes, R.
  • Atanacio, R.
  • Froese, R.

Abstract
    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, www.FishBase.org 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.

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