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					      Hanna-Leena Hartikainen
          Project Officer



 A proposal for a taxonomic
aid to identifying freshwater
        invertebrates
              by

www.FreshwaterLife.org
      www.FreshwaterLife.com is
  A 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
• 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
• 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

• Water quality assessment,
  particularly WFD
• Popular with anglers, naturalists
  and for teaching and training




                            C. pennulatum,
                            9 mm long, from life.
           Method
• 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
• 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
          Funding
• Total estimated cost of the project
  approx. €44k
• Requesting €22k from ENBI
• FwL will provide €22k
• Start project in summer 2003
 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)
www.FreshwaterLife.org

           Hanna-Leena Hartikainen
       hlhartikainen@freshwaterlife.org

                 PO BOX 34
             Grange-over-Sands
             LA11 7GA Cumbria
                    UK

				
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