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Hanna-Leena Hartikainen Project Officer. www .Freshwater Life.org. A proposal for a taxonomic aid to identifying freshwater invertebrates by. www.FreshwaterLife.com is A collaborative web based initiative. 4 main areas: -Habitat and life-history of freshwater organisms

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www freshwater life org

Hanna-Leena Hartikainen

Project Officer


A proposal for a taxonomic aid to identifying freshwater invertebrates


www freshwaterlife com is a collaborative web based initiative
www.FreshwaterLife.com isA collaborative web based initiative
  • 4 main areas:

-Habitat and life-history of freshwater organisms

-Identification guides and training

-Methods and standards

-Networking researchers, policy makers and managers

  • European and world coverage
who s involved
Who’s Involved
  • Funded
    • UK and International NGOs, regulators and companies
  • Supported
    • FishBase (ICLARM)
    • United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)
    • UNEP
  • The FreshwaterLife Network
    • +200 members
    • European associations
    • Consultants, Academics, Industry, Government agencies
the proposal
The proposal
  • To produce a truly pan-European key to the aquatic stages of mayflies (Ephemeroptera)

Fig 1. Baetidae: a. Procloeon bifidum, 8 mm long, from life.b.Cloeon dipterum, 6 mm long (half grown), from life.

c. hind end of C. dipterum in dorsal view, from life.

importance of ephemeroptera
Importance of Ephemeroptera
  • Water quality assessment, particularly WFD
  • Popular with anglers, naturalists and for teaching and training

C. pennulatum,

9 mm long, from life.

  • Innovative approach using an iterative process
  • Existing FBA key (digitised and web enabled)
  • Local expert knowledge harnessed through FwL network
  • Iterative editing by FBA specialists.
active key
Active key
  • FwL information management system (from UN FAO) to handle online collaboration and development process.
  • The modified features will be added to the existing Lucid Phoenix interactive mayfly key
  • Total estimated cost of the project approx. €44k
  • Requesting €22k from ENBI
  • FwL will provide €22k
  • Start project in summer 2003
mayfly key deliverable
Mayfly key-Deliverable
  • A dichotomising key progressively expanded across the EU.
  • ENBI product available on internet within a year
  • First of many – prioritised development (WFD)
Hanna-Leena Hartikainen hlhartikainen@freshwaterlife.orgPO BOX 34Grange-over-SandsLA11 7GA CumbriaUK