Taxonomy is the discovery, description, identification & classification of organisms.

Taxonomy provides the basis for identifying and monitoring Australia’s biodiversity which in turn provides the knowledge needed for effective environmental management.

The Taxonomy Research & Information Network (TRIN) will address critical gaps in taxonomic knowledge of key Australian animal and plant groups.

Research within the current projects of TRIN covers a range of taxonomic and systematic investigators using a diversity of approaches and methodologies.

Projects include Australian Ants, Mayflies and Aquatic Invertebrates, Insect Families on the web, Small Terrestrial Vertebrates, Environmental Weeds, Biodiversity Informatics, Communication & Knowledge Exchange, and Australian Mangrove & Saltmarsh Species.

Check out the TRIN Wiki which features collaborative web spaces. Member details can be found on the wiki and anyone who wishes to join and contribute is welcome.

If you are keen to get involved with TRIN, have a project idea or are interested in collaborative research with us, please contact us.



  • Australian Insect Families on the web - new keys to beetles (Coleoptera), silverfish genera and mayflies [more]
  • Small Terrestrial Vertebrates - Molecular work clarifies the identity of the cryptic Melomys-like rodents from the wet tropics; new publications available; acquisition of Skyscan MicroCT [more]
  • Australian Ants - Camponotus and its sub-genera, are they monophyletic groups; Data quality and report generation main focus for Monomorium project; Morphological analysis for Iridomyrmex complete [more]
  • Enviromental Weeds - Willows maintain high levels of genetic variation [more]
  • Knowledge Exchange - Product testing workshops commence in February 2010 in locations around the country. [more]
  • Australian Mangrove & Saltmarsh Species - resource directory, bibliography and online identification key now available [more]
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