Lucid Keys

There are two identification keys to the freshwater invertebrate taxa of Campbell Island. The keys are suitable for users that have basic knowledge in invertebrate identification or animal biology.  To identify some taxa, especially smaller animals such as copepod crustaceans and Chironomidae fly larvae, a more advanced knowledge of invertebrate identification is useful.

main key. Main Key – for identifying of most taxa (except Chironomidae fly larvae) beyond family level.

chironomidae key.Chironomidae Key – for identifying the freshwater Chironomidae of Campbell Island to genus or species level.

 


To identify larger Campbell Island freshwater invertebrates you will need:
  • a stereo (dissecting) microscope with suitable lighting;
  • one or two pairs of fine-tipped forceps with which to manipulate the animal.
For smaller animals you will also need:
  • a compound microscope;
  • slide mounting equipment (temporary slide mounting without staining should be sufficient).

How to cite the keys:

McMurtrie, S.A.; Sinton, A.M.R.; & Winterbourn, M.J.; 2014. Lucid identification key to the freshwater invertebrate taxa of Campbell Island. EOS Ecology, Christchurch.

McMurtrie, S.A.;, Sinton, A. M.R.;& Winterbourn, M. J.;2014. Lucid identification key to the freshwater Chironomidae of Campbell Island. EOS Ecology, Christchurch.

Freshwater invertebrates of Campbell Island.