Byers, J.A. 1996. Taxokey: a universal taxonomic key
program using DOS text files and graphics.
Computer Applications in the Biosciences 12:185-189.
A program (TAXOKEY.EXE), requiring only a few keystrokes to use, is described
as a universal taxonomic key in the identification of plant and animal species
by IBM-compatible personal computers. A DOS text file serves as the database
for a key that can be dichotomous or with multiple choices. TAXOKEY can
optionally display color or monochrome screen pictures to illustrate the keys.
Additional programs are described that are used to make the keys and check for
errors, as well as convert .PCX graphic images for use with TAXOKEY. A second
text file can be searched by TAXOKEY for information on particular species
descriptions, notes and references.
Download programs: TAXOKEY.ZIP 395K
Two sample keys, which also can be downloaded, are available:
(1) Grüne, S. 1979. Brief Illustrated Key to European Bark Beetles.
Verlag M&H Schaper, Hannover.
Download bark beetle images: BARKBEET.ZIP 1349K
Try the key for European Bark Beetles as a Java program on the Internet
(2) Capinera, J.L. and Sechrist, T.S. 1982. Grasshoppers (Acrididae) of
Colorado: Identification, biology and management. Colorado
State University Experiment Station, Bulletin, no. 584S,
Download grasshopper images: GRASSHOP.ZIP 828K
Try the key for Colorado Grasshoppers as a Java program on the Internet
John A. Byers