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Prof.ssa Adriana Giangrande via annelida%40net.bio.net (by gianadri from ilenic.unile.it)
Thu Nov 7 09:52:13 EST 2013

Dear Elena,
I think that the work you and the team working at the web site, have done a
wonderful work. I am traying to do a similar work on Mediterranean alien
species, but it is difficult because for the lack of money, so we start and
stop every time! At present your site is unique, and as a specialist of
sabellids I already have contacted  Maria because the photographs in the
site are fantastic and very useful in comparing material! In my
experience  there
are no other websites that have such taxonomic identification techniques
for polycheates at a species level. Most of the site do not contains any
illustrations and in most of the case the few images that are present are
all wrong and very dangerous. On the other hand, if good sites were
available they could be precious.
Best wishes

2013/11/7 Geoff Read <Geoffrey.Read from niwa.co.nz>

> Hi Lena,
> If you want to see a really, really cool web-based identification system
> have a play with this one.
> http://www.herbarium2.lsu.edu/grass2/
> When someone has a system like that for the polychaetes of anywhere, or a
> polychaete family worldwide, I'll sit up and take notice.
> But realistically it may be some way off, and have to wait until a bit
> more hard graft taxonomy is done to sort it all out ...
> Cheers,
> Geoff
> -----Original Message-----
> From: annelida-bounces from oat.bio.indiana.edu [mailto:
> annelida-bounces from oat.bio.indiana.edu] On Behalf Of Elena Kupriyanova
> Sent: Thursday, 7 November 2013 5:43 p.m.
> To: Annelida from magpie.bio.indiana.edu
> Subject: Re: [Annelida] species database
> Dear friends and colleagues,
> As a follow up to Eunice's message, I would like to re-phrase her question
> to make it (hopefully) clearer what we are after. As many of you know, we
> produced a fully illustrated (with beautiful original photographs)
> identification web-based guide to some native Australian, known invasive,
> and potential invasive polychaetes. Now are also writing a paper that,
> among other things, would compares our guide  with other similar (? )
> products. Hence the question - *when you have to identify polychaetes, what
> do you normally use, other than conventional taxonomic guides, keys, and
> primary taxonomic papers? Are there any good web-based identification
> tools?* We are well aware of numerous databases of species *names*, most of
> these online databases (I am sorry I have to say this, but I still will)
> are pretty useless, others, especially WORMS are quite good, but none of
> them as far we are aware, are *actual identification tools* and all of them
> (?) lack illustrations that are good enough to recognise the species. Here
> is an example of a very good source of information on Hydroides elegans
> http://invasions.si.edu/nemesis/browseDB/SpeciesSummary.jsp?TSN=68295illustrated
> by a photograph that can belong to any of nearly 100
> *Hydroides* species. Attached to this message is an example of the type of
> illustrations we have in our guide.
> Hopefully this clarifies what we would like to know. Looking forward to
> hearing your comments
> Wormly,
> Lena
> On Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 12:48 PM, Eunice Wong <euniceewong from gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > HI all,
> >
> > Can I please know what online database / directories do you use to look
> up
> > any info for a species?  And what tools do you use to identify an unknown
> > species?
> >
> > Besides traditional guidebooks, googling, WoRMS, Encyclopedia of Life /
> > Catalogue of Life, I'd love to find out what useful databases are out
> > there...
> >
> > Thank you!
> >
> > Eunice
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