Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Moorean Insects on Flickr

The Moorea Biocode is an ambitious project that aims to DNA barcode every organism on the island of Moorea in French Polynesia.The project has an online database with records of the specimens collected thus far, many of which contain photographs (e.g. the weevil gallery). There's also a Flickr stream that have a number of nice photos, including the beautiful Cranopoeus pictured above, and a cool-looking Proterhinus.

Unfortunately, it's still a little to early to really see the benefits of the project. The DNA sequences are not yet available (as far as I can tell); and many of the photos above are unidentified, or worse, misidentified at the family level. The project has great potential, but we'll have to wait a little while longer before the above resources become really useful for South Pacific zoology.

Picture courtesy of the Moorea Biocode Flickr stream

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