monothetic key

monothetic key
a dichotomous key in which each couplet has single contrasting statements requiring simple either/or answers

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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  • identification key — a tabulation of characters used to identify a species. Two rubrics form a couplet, the usual arrangement of keys. Each couplet gives an alternative set of characters leading to the species identity or to the next couplet. Artificial key, q.v.,… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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