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Identification (biology)

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Identification (biology)

Identification in common names (e. g., "lion") or scientific name (e. g., "Panthera leo"). By necessity this is based on inherited features ("characters") of the sexual organisms, the inheritance forming the basis of defining a class. The features may, e. g., be morphological, anatomical, physiological, behavioral, or molecular.

The term "determination" may occasionally be used as a synonym for identification (e. g.),[2] or as in "determination slips".[3]

Identification methods may be manual or computerized and may involve using identification keys, browsing through fields guide that contain (often illustrated) species accounts, or comparing the organism with specimens from natural history collections.

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  1. ^ D.Burns, P.Harrison and P. Baverstock. ) on their southern migration past Ballina, NSW, with comparisons to other humpback whale databases from eastern AustraliaMegaptera novaeangliaePhotographic identification of individual humpback whales (
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  3. ^ The herbarium specimen
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