Taxon Information, Description
At any time the images, information and description
of individual taxon can be viewed by
clicking on the green icon
in front of the species name. Choosing 'Notes:
general information' will bring up the taxa sheet for that taxon.
Once you have entered the fact sheets you can navigate around the
CD as if on a web site.
Using the Lucid Player toolbar
A quick explanation of the some of the Lucid menu
buttons found in the toolbar follows -
1) Similarities and Dissimilarities
: provides a summary of all characters, and their corresponding
states, in which the remaining taxa differ.You can choose two taxa
and look at the similarities and differences between them.If you
had two species left which you could not separate, you could look
to see what Character might be useful for you to make a decision.
2) Prune Redundants :
a function that discards all characters and states that do not apply
to the remaining taxa. Use this button to discard these Character
States so that you are not wasting time and effort on Characters
that will not help to identify the specimen.
3) Best : selects the
next best character recommended in order to distinguish between
remaining taxa. After making a selection and narrowing down the
taxa remaining you can use the "Best" button. The Character
which will help the most in narrowing down the taxa remaining even
further will appear at the top of the Characters Available window
(top left panel). Since this "Best" Character is statistically
determined, it may not always be the best Character for you, so
look at the list and choose the easiest Character. 'Best' can be
chosen at any time during the identification.
4) Bingo : provides
a summary of all characters and states that can be used to reduce
the remaining list of taxa to just one.This button is best used
when only a few taxa remain.
particular portion of the specimen
If the specimen is broken,
or only a part of it is of interest you can select character sets.
The Sets icon allows you
to select character sets. For example, by ticking the box "head",
all characters associated with the head will be displayed and the
others discarded. To return the other states just reselect "all".
Sets: Clicking on this button
shows the available 'Sets' of Characters for this key. There are
three main 'Sets', or sub-sets, of Characters that you can use when
making an identification You can add or remove Sets of Characters
in the Character list by clicking on the appropriate box for that
For a detailed explanation of all the buttons and features available
use Help and click on contents on the Lucid menu bar.
There is also a Lucid tutorial available when using Help on the
Lucid menu bar.