Fwd: New Caribbean Corals Identification Guide CD - no charge
Fwd: New Caribbean Corals Identification Guide CD - no chaHi GuysThis is very cool. Not to mention useful.cheersMartin
An identification guide to corals, octocorals and sponges of
Caribbean reefs is available. It is called Coralpedia v 1.0. It is
free (its development was paid for by the OTEP fund of the UK
government, to assist conservation work in the UK Overseas Territories).
Version 1 contains images and descriptions of about 64 Caribbean
stony corals, 74 reef sponges and 41 octocorals (and a few other
groups). Altogether over 1000 images are included. Its operation is
designed to be by simple clicks only. Options are that species of each
group may be ordered taxonomically (default) or by 'shape', and
language options are English (default) or Spanish.
The Notes file (English and Spanish) gives many of the sources,
other databases, and other taxonomic information and, most
importantly, it contains the credits for all those who participated
taxonomically, photographically, or both. The Notes file also explains
that this can be regarded as work in progress, with feedback and
additions welcome. (Other groups may be added, if someone is keen to
add another Caribbean reef-dwelling group, or another major Caribbean
language, given a volunteer translator). This Notes file is located in
the main folder and is accessible both from the software itself or
directly by a word processor.
Another file 'Readme.txt' is in the primary folder, for
installation instructions and how to run it.
There are three ways to obtain it.
1. The primary source is a cd, available from Prof. Charles
Sheppard. Send an email to charles.sheppard@... (with a
mailing address in the text which is easy to copy and paste, please).
2. Download the cd as a .zip. For this, send me your email address
(in the text of the message for easy copying, please), and I then get
my University 'files' site to send you the link to download the zip
file (it is 200 mB). This (when unzipped) is the cd content.
3. A web based version is available:
Its format is, as near as we can make it, a 'match' with the cd,
although because of differences in how pages are loaded, families are
ordered differently (alphabetically). Obviously, viewing images of
sufficient resolution means that the web way will work slower. The
British Virgin Islands' National Parks Trust will be hosting this
shortly as well.
We hope it is useful.
Professor Charles Sheppard
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Warwick
CV4 7AL, UK
(+44) (0) 2476 524975
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