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Interactive identification key for arthropods of medical importance


Identification of specimens is a crucial point for any study in biology: inventory of biodiversity, phylogenetic studies, ecology etc. Biologists began producing computer-aided-identification systems in the late 1960s. The main difference between classical keys and these systems is the replacement of fixed sequences of questions on a printed key by a dynamic free multi-access system including images and documents to help the user.


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MosKeyTool (Mosquitoes of the Euro-Mediterranean area). Identification tool for 128 species of Culicidae (larval and adult stages) in Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, Black Sea and Middle East. A single common basis for genus and species identification.

F. Gunay, M. Picard, V. Robert - MosKeyTool (2017) ; last update: 09/10/2017
English version 1.2.

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Other arthropod databases are available in French version: Anopheles in the Afrotropical Region; Culicidae genera in the afrotropical region, mosquitoes of Europe, mosquitoes of Mediterranean Africa, sandflies of the afrotropical region.

How to install this identification tool ?

1. Download and install the Xper2 identification software
Version 2.3.2 for Windows XP/Vista/7 / Linux / MacOS X (>10.10) / MacOS X (<10.11). More infos on Xper2.

2. Download the arthropod database (.zip file) of your choice.
Extract the zip archive inside a directory, you must have 1 folder and 4 files:
folder " images"
file "[name of the database].xpd"
file "[ name of the database].xpx"
file "[ name of the database].xpw"
file "[ name of the database].xpr"

3. Open the Xper2 software .
Go to File -> Open a Database, and select the file “[name of the database].xpd"

How to use MosKeyTool?


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We publish these databases versions using the Xper2 identification software, designed by the LIS, laboratory of computer science and systematics, CNRS-University Paris 6-MNHN.

These versions may contain imperfections that we are striving to correct. Please let us know of your suggestions for corrections and any problems encountered during their use by contacting:

Gestionnaires : P. Boussès, B. Granouillac