Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Computer Science


Computer Science

Major Professor

Fu, Bin

Second Advisor

Deng, Jing

Third Advisor

Chen, Yixin


It is estimated that less than ten percent of the world's species have been discovered and described. The main reason for the slow pace of new species description is that the science of taxonomy, as traditionally practiced, can be very laborious: taxonomists have to manually gather and analyze data from large numbers of specimens and identify the smallest subset of external body characters that uniquely diagnoses the new species as distinct from all its known relatives. The pace of data gathering and analysis can be greatly increased by the information technology. In this paper, we propose a content-based image retrieval system for taxonomic research. The system can identify representative body shape characters of known species based on digitized landmarks and provide statistical clues for assisting taxonomists to identify new species or subspecies. The experiments on a taxonomic problem involving species of suckers in the genera Carpiodes demonstrate promising results.


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