DELTA for Beginners
An Introduction into the Taxonomy Software Package

South American Species & Generic Diagnosis
ZooKeys No. 45

By Ch. Oliver Coleman, James K. Lowry & Terry Macfarlane
August 2010
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9789546425508
75 pages, Illustrated
$57.50 Paper original

An introduction to the software package DELTA (DEscritpion Language for TZxonomy) is given. The contributions consists of step by step instruction into the DELTA Editor and the interactive identification program Intkey.

It describes how to record taxonomic character information in a database and mantain these data. Standard output functions are simplified in a new starter database. All used commands are commented and it is marked where changes in the command files are required. The paper explains how to generate text descriptions, interactive identification tools, and how to make keys and species diagnoses.



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