Journal Article

TriatoKey: a web and mobile tool for biodiversity identification of Brazilian triatomine species

Luciana Márcia de Oliveira, Raissa Nogueira de Brito, Paul Anderson Souza Guimarães, Rômulo Vitor Mastrângelo Amaro dos Santos, Liléia Gonçalves Diotaiuti, Rita de Cássia Moreira de Souza and Jeronimo Conceição Ruiz

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Volume 2017, issue
Published online April 2017 | e-ISSN: 1758-0463 | DOI:

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Triatomines are blood-sucking insects that transmit the causative agent of Chagas disease, Trypanosoma cruzi. Despite being recognized as a difficult task, the correct taxonomic identification of triatomine species is crucial for vector control in Latin America, where the disease is endemic. In this context, we have developed a web and mobile tool based on PostgreSQL database to help healthcare technicians to overcome the difficulties to identify triatomine vectors when the technical expertise is missing. The web and mobile version makes use of real triatomine species pictures and dichotomous key method to support the identification of potential vectors that occur in Brazil. It provides a user example-driven interface with simple language. TriatoKey can also be useful for educational purposes.

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Subjects: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology ; Ecology and Conservation ; Evolutionary Biology

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