Dichotomous Key Maker

Visually organize large amounts of information to quickly identify, categorize, and analyze organisms.

  • Customizable dichotomous key templates
  • Real-time visual collaboration
  • Add Data fields, Notes & Comments
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Dichotomous Key Maker
National Geographic

How to Create a Dichotomous Key?

Draw Complex Dichotomous Keys in Minutes

Draw Complex Dichotomous Keys in Minutes

Draw Complex Dichotomous Keys in Minutes

Multiple dichotomous key templates to quickly visualize information and graphically organize them.

Powerful and versatile table, with advanced customizability to effortlessly create list-styled dichotomous keys.

Simple to use drag and drop tools to quickly generate complex dichotomous keys and update them online.

Automatic drawing with Plus Create to create branching flowcharts instantly.

Freehand drawing and highlights to sketch anything you want as you explain and analyze organisms.


Centralize All Information

Centralize All Information

Import images, vectors, and more into the canvas to create more informative dichotomous key diagrams.

Embed documents and assets with in-app previews to link information together around dichotomous key diagrams for easy analysis.

Infinite canvas that scales up to 1000s of items in a single view to gather research data around dichotomous keys and visually arrange them.

Multiple access and role levels to streamline sharing, reviewing, and editing your dichotomous keys.

Centralize All Information
Analyze Dichotomous Keys Collaboratively

Analyze Dichotomous Keys Collaboratively

Analyze Dichotomous Keys Collaboratively

Real-time cursors for any number of participants. Work with students, teachers, or fellow researchers on a shared canvas.

Video conferencing baked into the platform to feel like you are in the same room.

Comment with context, have discussions and follow-ups on the same canvas. Async!

Embed your dichotomous key diagrams in any site or share with anyone via an email or link invite to collaborate on.


Build Interactive Dichotomous Key Diagrams

Build Interactive Dichotomous Key Diagrams

Use frames inside the infinite canvas to generate page-like layouts to organize your data, group similar content, or build a presentation flow.

Export your dichotomous keys as SVGs, PDFs, JPEGs and PNGs to publish, present, print, and share.

Extend dichotomous key diagrams by adding additional information about organisms with custom properties and additional data fields.

Build Interactive Dichotomous Key Diagrams

What Is a Dichotomous Key?

A dichotomous key is used to identify and classify objects (i.e. people, animals, plants, bacteria, etc.) into specific categories based on their characteristics. It’s the most commonly used form of classification or type of identification key used in biology as it simplifies identifying unknown organisms.

How to Create a Dichotomous Key?

  • Select a platform to draw your dichotomous key. Creately’s dichotomous key maker offers an intuitive interface for drawing dichotomous keys online.
  • List down the characteristics of the specimen you are trying to classify with your dichotomous key.
  • Organize the characteristics in order. Start with the most general characteristics first, before moving to the more specific ones. Identify the more obvious and less obvious contrasting characteristics among the specimen before creating your dichotomous key.
  • Divide your specimens into two groups. The first differentiation should be made on the most general characteristic.
  • Based on the next contrasting characteristic, divide the specimen further. Continue to subdivide your specimen by asking enough questions until you have identified and named all of them.
  • You can either create a text-based dichotomous key or a graphical one where you can even use images of the specimen you are trying to identify.