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Keys for beginners

Amphibians and Reptiles found in Kent (v. 0.1)

A basic key to the amphibians and reptiles typically found in Kent and Medway

Bee Fly ID (v. 0.1)

British Native Trees (v. 0.1)

A first draft at native trees and shrubs

British Rodents (v. 2.3)

A key to the rodents found in Britain

British Seaweed (v. 1.13)

A key to the most common types of seaweed found around the British seashore.

Butterflies of gardens and parks (v. 1.0)

A key to 26 widespread butterflies that are likely to be seen in parks and gardens (excludes rare species and those usually confined to 'wild' habitats).

Compact perennial plants (v. 0.1)

A vegetative key to a number of easily identified perennials

EDRR Alien Plants of Cape Town (v. 2.0)

Earthworms (v. 0.5)

A simplified key to common British earthworms. This key supports the OPAL Soil survey and is based on data provided by David Jones, Natural History Museum.

Families of grasshoppers and related insects (v. 0.3)

A key to the major groups of adult British grasshoppers and related insects.

Freshwater minibeasts (v. 0.5)

A basic key to major groups of invertebrates found in freshwater, based on material from the Open University course TXR174

Hairstreaks (v. 0.1)

Lichens found on trees (v. 0.6)

A key to common genera of lichens found on trees. This key supports the OPAL Air survey and was prepared with the help of the British Lichen Society .

LinsMinibeasts (v. 0.2)

A basic key to major groups of invertebrates found in gardens and similar habitats

Mammal Skull's of the British Isles (v. 1.0)

A key the species of Mammal Skull's found in the British Isles.

Mammals - Basic (v. 0.4)

Mammals - Start here

Minibeasts (v. 0.2)

A basic key to major groups of invertebrates found in gardens and similar habitats

Mite and Collembola main groups (v. 0.1)

Proteaceae genera of Africa (v. 2)

Proteaceae genera of Africa (v. 3.2)

Simple trees needle shaped leaves (v. 0.9)

A guide to the commonest species of conifer trees and shrubs of Britain

Skippers Hesperiidae (v. 0.1)

Trees (species in DEFRA hedge survey) (v. 1.1)

A guide to the trees in the DEFRA Hedge Survey.

Trees (species in OPAL surveys) (v. 1.2)

A guide to the trees in the OPAL surveys.

Trees (v. 0.9)

A first draft at common trees and shrubs

Trees broadleaf (v. 0.10)

A guide to the common broadleaf trees and shrubs of Britain.

Trees defra (v. 0)

A guide to the trees in the DEFRA Hedgerow Survey.

Trees needle shaped leaves (v. 0.9)

A guide to the commonest species of conifer trees and shrubs of Britain

ct Minibeasts (v. 0.2)

A basic key to major groups of invertebrates found in gardens and similar habitats

Keys for users with some experience

A key to Soldier Beetles (Coleoptera: Cantharidae) (v. 0.1)

A key to Soldier Beetles (excluding the small species in Malthodes and Malthinus), based on external appearance

Alien Plants of the Cape Peninsula (v. 2.4)

Bobbejaantjies - the s Africa genus Babiana (v. 2.2)

Burnet Moths (v. 0.2)

Capesweetpeas Podalyria (v. 1)

Key to the Podalyria of South Africa v 1.1

Capesweetpeas Podalyria (v. 3.5)

Key to the Podalyria of South Africa v 3.5

Common British damselflies (v. 1.0)

A key to most of the species of dragonflies and damselflies found in the month of May in the British Isles.

Common Ferns (v. 0.1)

Guide to common ferns

Common Woodland Mosses (v. 0.3)

Guide to common woodland mosses

Dermaptera (earwigs) (v. 0.3)

A key to the species of earwigs found in Britain.

Dictyoptera (cockroaches) (v. 0.2)

A key to species of cockroach found in Britain.

Earthworms of Britian (v. 0.1)

Fern genera of southern Africa (v. 2.3)

Key to the Ferns of the s Africa v 2.3

Freshwater invertebrate groups used in biomonitoring in South Africa (v. 0.2)

A key to the major freshwater invertebrate groups of South African rivers that are used as indicators in biomonitoring

Fynbos and African Heaths: Erica (v. 1.4.4)

Key to the Heaths of Africa 1.4

Heelwalkers (Gladiators, Phasmos) of Southern Africa (v. 1.3)

Key to the Austrophasmatidae of southern Africa v 1.1

Key to Coenagrionidae (v. 1)

A key to the Red and Blue Damselflies

Key to Sparaxis (Iridaceae) (v. 3.2.5)

Key to the genus Sparaxis - Satinflowers (Iridaceae) V 3.

Key to the Spoonfigs - the fynbos endemic mesemb genus Erepsia (Aizoaceae) (v. 2.1)

Key to the Spoonfigs - the fynbos endemic mesemb genus Erepsia (Aizoaceae) V 2.1

Mammals - Insectivores (v. 0.1)

Mammals - Insectivores

Mammals - Rabbits and hares (v. 0.2)

Rabbits and hares are the only members of the Order Lagomorpha found in Britain. They are all superficially similar but can be separated with some experience.

Mammals - Rodents (v. 1.6)

Mammals - Rodents

Mammals - Seals (v. 0.1)

Mammals - seals

Mammals - carnivores (v. 0.1)

A key to British mustelids.

Mammals - hoofed (v. 0.1)

Mammals - hoofed mammals

Mosses on orchard trees (v. 0.6)

A key to common mosses on orchard trees in England, created for OPAL.

Orthoptera (Grasshoppers and crickets) (v. 0.3)

A key to the species of British Orthoptera (grasshoppers, groundhoppers, bush-crickets and crickets).

Pagodas - Mimetes (Proteaceae) (v. 3.1)

Key to the Pagodas of the Cape Flora v 3.1

Phasmids (stick insects) (v. 0.2)

A key to the species of stick insects found in Britain.

Rushes of UK floodplain meadows (for users with some experience) (v. 1)

A key for rushes found in floodplain meadows

Sedges of UK floodplain meadows (for users with some experience) (v. 1)

A key for sedges found in flooplain meadows

Silkypuffs - Diastella (Proteaceae) (v. 1)

Key to the Silkypuffs of the Cape Flora v 1.1

Silkypuffs - Diastella (Proteaceae) (v. 1.1)

Key to the Silkypuffs of the Cape Flora v 1.1

South African Sundews (v. 4.3.3)

Species of grasshoppers and related insects (v. 0.6)

A key to the species of British grasshoppers and related insects.

Test Key to Andrena spp. Males with pale clypeus. (v. 1.1)

Hymenoptera

Test key to Andrena females of the West Midlands Counties (v. 0.1)

This is a key to the 45 female Andrena species that have been recorded within the West Midlands (Shropshire, Staffodshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire) since 1960. It is intended to help you to narrow down the likelihood of your species identification and is not a substitute for a written key. All identifications should be subject to a proper procedure of determination / verification.

Thicktail Scorpion key for southern Africa (v. 0.3.6)

A key to the species of Parabuthus (Thicktail Scorpions) in southern Africa. Data provided by Lorenzo Prendini.

Western Cape Ants (v. 1.6.1)

Key to the major Ants of the Western Cape v 1.6.1

Keys for experts

A key to the world's seahorses (v. 1.4)

A key to the world's seahorses

Common British earthworms (v. 1.11)

A key to the 12 common species of British earthworms included in the OPAL Soil and earthworm survey.

Crustose lichens on trees (v. 1.0)

A key to some crustose lichens on trees in England. This key supports the OPAL Air survey and was prepared with the help of the British Lichen Society

Foliose lichens on trees (v. 1.0)

A key to some foliose lichens on trees in England. This key supports the OPAL Air survey and was prepared with the help of the British Lichen Society

Fruticose lichens on trees (v. 1.0)

A key to some fruticose lichens on trees in England. This key supports the OPAL Air survey and was prepared with the help of the British Lichen Society

Lichens on orchard trees (including less common species) (v. 0.8)

A key to some lichens on orchard trees found in the Midlands and eastern England, created for OPAL.

Lichens on orchard trees (v. 0.3)

A key to some lichens on orchard trees found in the Midlands and eastern England, created for OPAL.

Lichens on trees (v. 1.5)

A key to some lichens on trees in England. This key supports the OPAL Air survey and was prepared with the help of the British Lichen Society .

Linyphiidae (money spider) test (v. 0.1)

An initial key to Linyphiidae by leg character

Mammals - Bats (v. 0.1)

A key to British bats either flying or in the hand. It is unlikely you will be able to record all features, for example, if you see the bat in flight you will have no idea of tragus or forearm length. The beauty of this key is you only need use the features you can observe to help identify the bat. Some bat species are very difficult to separate in the field, therefore, you may have to settle for a probable identification to species level.

Mammals - Cetaceans and basking shark (v. 0.4)

Mammals - Cetaceans and basking shark

Taraxacum - all UK species (v. 1.4)

A key to all UK Taraxacum

Taraxacum section Hamata (v. 1.4)

A Bayesian key to Taraxacum section Hamata