About this App

Queensland Shark and Ray ID tool

This user-friendly identification tool has been developed to aid field identification of shark and ray species and families that may be encountered in Queensland’s inshore net fisheries.

Correct species identification, although difficult, is crucial as it unpins accurate data collection for research, monitoring and evaluation of fishery stocks, and increases confidence in the assessments derived from the data.

Traditional dichotomous keys require methodical examination of each feature in the key’s sequence and often need a high degree of technical knowledge. The Queensland Shark and Ray ID tool facilitates quick and accurate species identification using a non-linear search process based on simple images to categorise identification features.

Users can work through the list of feature categories to quickly reduce the list of possible species. Some species, particularly within the Whaler family are similar in appearance, and on some occasions, it may not be possible to identify to a single species, based on the observable features. This tool will allow users to produce a short list of potential species and guide users to what additional features they can examine to help correctly identify the species.

Further resources:

Last, P.R. and Stevens, J.D (2009) Sharks and Rays of Australia. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood.

Sharks of the world http://species-identification.org/species.php?species_group=sharks&menuentry=inleiding

Fishes of Australia (Museums Victoria) http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/

DAF - Sharks, rays and sawfish identification https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/fish-identification-information/fish-species-guide/sharks-rays-sawfish-info

Florida Museum https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/discover-fish/sharks/

fishIDER https://www.fishider.org/


Olivia Whybird and Lenore Litherland (Fisheries Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries).

Software used:

Lucid v3.6 was used to construct and manage the identification key.

The Queensland Shark and Ray ID tool app (Android and iOS) was created via the Lucid Mobile Platform.

For more information on these tools please visit https://www.lucidcentral.org

The mobile application is available from the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes.

Queensland Shark and Ray ID tool Android Edition Queensland Shark and Ray ID tool iOS Edition