RE: [beemonitoring] ABIS system for "fingerprinting" bees
- Hi Susan,
That reminded me of some honey bee morphometric work I have heard presentations about. I found this reference in an article.
Steinhage V., Arbuckle T., Schröder S., Cremers
A.B., Wittmann D. (2001) ABIS: Automated
Identification of Bee Species, German
Programme on Biodiversity and Global Change,
Status Report 2001, Bonn, pp. 194–195, [online]
ABIS_publications.html (accessed on 24 October
With the link being broken, it appears it used to link from the bottom of this page
Hope that helps.
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Subject: [beemonitoring] ABIS system for "fingerprinting" bees
I've just read about a bioinformatics system for identifying bees
called ABIS. Does anyone know where I can find this software, how to
get ahold of it, and what it might cost?
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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