Morphological Identification Keys

The following links to webpages provide useful information (species lists, taxonomic keys, monographs) to support and inform the taxonomic identification of zooplankton.

 

General / Multiple Group Keys

ices plankton idenfitifcation leaflets cover  

ICES Identification sheets for Zooplankton

 

NOTE:  The PDF file linked to below is an extremely old and outdated PDF file with (old) internal PDF linking elements.  Depending on your browser (Firefox vs. IE vs. Chrome) and your version of Adobe PDF reader, it may work for you, it may show an error message, or it may just give you a blank white screen.  At the moment, Internet Explorer (IE) seems to work most of the time.  WGIMT is in the process of updating and rebuilding this file, and hopes to eliminate the problems once this process is completed.


http://www.ices.dk/sites/pub/Publication%20Reports/Plankton%20leaflets/INDEX.PDF

 

Marine Species Identification Portal
http://species-identification.org/index.php

 

World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)
http://www.marinespecies.org/

 

Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche sur Mer
http://www.obs-vlfr.fr/Rade/RadeZoo/RadZoo/eng/RadeZoo_eng/Home.html

 

Census of Marine Zooplankton
http://www.cmarz.org/resources.html

 

Ciliates Keys

 

Copepods Keys

  • copepods slideshow
 
  • A complete interactive database of all described marine planktonic copepods, including taxonomic classification with references, illustrated and referenced species database and a geographic distribution in the world's oceans and seas, with division in zones and subzones [ http://copepodes.obs-banyuls.fr/en/ ]
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  • Giesbrecht, W., Systematik und Faunistik der Pelagischen Copepoden des Golfes von Neapel und der Angrenzenden Meeres-Abschnitte: Atlas von 54 Tafeln nebst den Tafelerklarungen. Vol. 19 Text (34 MB) and vol. 19 Plates (28.6 MB). 1892, Berlin: Verlag Von R. Friedlander & Sohn. 
  • M. Rose, ed. P. Lechevalier. Vol. 26. 1933, Paris: Fédération Française des Sociétés de Sciences Naturelles. 374 pp. (14.8 MB) [

 

Coelenterata Keys

Russell, F.S. (1970) The Medusae of the British Isles. Vol.II - Pelagic Scyphozoa, with a supplement to Vol. I. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [ http://www.mba.ac.uk/nmbl/publications/medusae_2/medusae_2.htm ]  

cnidaria

 

Zooplankton in general

  • World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). An authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including information on synonymy [ http://www.marinespecies.org/ ]

 

Taxonomic techniques