MOS-KEY-TOS®: an interactive key for the identification of the immature stages of Italian mosquitoes

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1998
Authors:Sabatinelli, G, Romi, R
Journal:European Mosquito Bulletin
Volume:1
Pagination:6-8
Abstract:

<p>The software MOS-KEY-TOS&reg; is a computer-based expert system developed with the aim of providing&nbsp;the Italian National Health Agencies, involved in public environmental prevention and hygiene, with a tool&nbsp;for the identification of Italian mosquitoes. MOS-KEY-TOS is a set of data and graphics files written in the&nbsp;DELTA (DEscription Language for TAxonomy) format for use with the program INTKEY, an interactive&nbsp;program for identifying a specimen by comparing its attributes with stored descriptions of taxa.</p>
<p>MOS-KEY-TOS&reg; is useful for beginners for quick and correct identification and it familiarises the user with all of the required morphological characters. It has proven to be an excellent training tool for entomologists and public health workers. The knowledge base can be expanded and refined, and an extension to include all of the mosquitoes of Europe is already planned.</p>

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