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Antarctic Marine Diatoms an interactive taxonomic key
Fiona Scott


Dr Fiona Scott and Dr Imojen Pearce
Australian Antarctic Division


We have developed an online taxonomic key for identification of the 198 known Antarctic marine diatoms. The key was built using a Lucid platform and has a user friendly interface with pictorial guides to taxonomic features. The key contains links to online 'fact sheets' that contain detailed notes on taxonomy, morphology and distribution for each species. By using light or electron microscopy, species can be quickly identified using features available, transcending limitations associated with traditional paper based dichotomous keys in which missing diagnostic features may prevent identification. A quick link glossary is included to guide the user through the esoteric vocabulary used in diatom taxonomy. The key is designed for Antarctic biologists who need to identify of diatoms either in a ship-based or Antarctic laboratory environment.

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  • 11th June 2013
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