– Taxonomic Software
are two ways to achieve certainty in identifying biological indicators:
Firstly, by working as a specialist for several years, enhancing
knowledge of morphological characteristics and distinguishing
features of all species and secondly, by establishing a complete
reference collection, which can be used to compare specimens and
preparations in order to resolve taxonomic problems or to enhance
precondition is awareness of the morphology of all species, especially
the rare ones, which is necessary to exclude errors and uncertainties
in the taxonomic work. It requires an intensive examination of
the whole organism group and the establishing of a reference collection
(that often lacks many rare species, in spite of extensive sampling).
challenging problem is solved by the eutaxa
products, including a new taxonomic software for biological scientists
that provides precise documentation of most species known from
a certain geographic region. Eutaxa
offers a complete virtual reference collection of a specific organism
group, which can be used to compare morphological characteristics
of species in any number and combination. As a special service
to eutaxa customers,
the website offers a series of updates that can be downloaded
for free in order to update the software without any extra effort.
of an Electronic Reference Collection
Every species is precisely documented by a series of images. The
user can study the differences between species by comparing the
The collection includes even rare species, which are exclusively
known to a few experts.
The program allows the user to combine and compare images of species
and details in any number or size – a method that cannot
be applied when studying preparations under the microscope.
The collection is always available, requires no maintenance or
preparations that dry up; it is space-saving and can be transported
to any location on a CD or notebook.
The collection can be refreshed or upgraded by downloading free
updates from the Internet.
The reference collection is linked with the identification keys
and can therefore be used to verify the results of the determination
A special software program has now been developed, offering various
applications for the identification of species and a complete
reference collection, including thousands of high-quality microphotographic
images. In addition, ecological, systematic and geographic data
of every species can be queried from the database. When installed
on the computer, the software may be updated on the Internet for
free, so that the investment will soon pay off and the user always
has access to the latest knowledge.
Because of its complexity, this software is not
only a useful application for experts, but also a versatile training
program for non-specialists and students. Moreover, it can be
employed in identification courses and lectures to demonstrate
the morphological specifications of an organism group or of individual
plans to extend the range of products in the coming years, in
order to provide the convenience of using a virtual reference
collection to other life-science experts as well.