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A digital reference collection for aquatic macroinvertebrates of North America

Freshwater Science

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https://doi.org/10.1086/694539

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Abstract

Aquatic invertebrates are a key component of freshwater ecosystems, and understanding aquatic invertebrate taxonomy is a cornerstone of freshwater science. Physical reference collections of expertly identified voucher specimens are the ‘gold-standard’ used to confirm specimen identifications. However, most biologists lack access to such collections, which themselves tend to be highly regionalized and somewhat limited in terms of taxonomic scope. The North American Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Digital Reference Collection (NAAMDRC; https://sciencebase.usgs.gov/naamdrc) was developed by the US Geological Survey (USGS) to overcome these limitations of physical collections. NAAMDRC provides users with public-domain, high-quality digital photographs to help verify specimen identifications.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
A digital reference collection for aquatic macroinvertebrates of North America
Series title:
Freshwater Science
DOI:
10.1086/694539
Edition:
Online First
Year Published:
2017
Language:
English
Publisher:
The University of Chicago Press
Contributing office(s):
Fort Collins Science Center