1274RE: [beemonitoring] ABIS system for "fingerprinting" bees
- Nov 5, 2010
Susan- ABIS is (was) a sophisticated morphometric digitization and analysis system for identifying bees to species, sometimes even subspecies. It used angles/lengths/ratios of wing veins and cells fit (collected authomatically in later versions) and automatically chose to fit them to one of 7 (I think) templates, once the system was “trained” on a set of knowns for the genus of interest. When I last checked, a user-friendly front-end was not available for the software, which was University developed in Germany. It’s performance would impress if not awe anyone, even a seasoned bee taxonomist. Last I knew, the software team is now scattered.
James H. Cane
USDA-ARS Bee Biology and Systematics Lab
Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322 USA
tel: 435-797-3879 FAX: 435-797-0461
Gardening for Native Bees: http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/factsheet/plants-pollinators09.pdf
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