Dr. Ch. Oliver Coleman


Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science
Invalidenstrasse 43
10115 Berlin

Phone +49 (0)30 2093 8608
Fax +49 (0)30 2093 8868
E-mail oliver.coleman(at)mfn-berlin.de


  • Curator

  • Crustacea and Protozoa

Research interests

  • Taxonomy of Amphipoda (scuds)

  • Functional morphology and anatomy of amphipods

  • Amphipods in amber

  • Scientific illustration techniques

Research projects

  • Gammaridea of the Antarctic

  • Amphipods in baltic amber

  • Bateidae of Belize

  • Phliantidae of Australia

DELTA databases

Synopiidae of New Zealand (Anne-Nina Lörz & Ch. Oliver Coleman, in prep)

For interactive identification we created data files that are located on a server on the internet. These can be accessed using the module Intkey from the DELTA package. DELTA must be installed first. There are two DELTA versions available:

1) the original DELTA package can be found here: delta-intkey.com/www/programs.htm, but there may be problems running it under Windows 7 64 bit,

2) and the newer, modern open-source version open-DELTA (https://code.google.com/p/open-delta/), which also supports Linux and MacOS.

We created a starter, which can be downloaded from here (right-click, save as).

The starter for the Synopiidae database must be downloaded by „right-click save as“ on your computer (e.g. on your desktop or download folder). When you later click on this starter file (syno.ink), Intkey will automatically start and load the required files from our server. An introduction into the use of DELTA is explained in Coleman, C.O.; Lowry, J.K., Macfarlane, T. (2010) DELTA for Beginners. An introduction to the taxonomy software package DELTA. Zookeys 45: 1–75 (2010) http://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys/article/263/abstract



Coleman, C. O. (2007): Acanthonotozomellidae, Amathillopsidae, Dikwidae, Epimeriidae, Iphimediidae Ochlesidae and Vicmusiidae. Census of Antarctic Marine Life. Synopsis of the Amphipoda of the Southern Ocean. Vol. 2. De Broyer, C (ed.). Bruxelles, Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, pp. 134.

Coleman, C.O.; J.D. Lowry, (2006): Australian Iphimediidae (Crustacea: Amphipoda). Org. Divers. Evol. 6, Electr. Suppl. 9: 1 - 44.

Coleman, C.O.; J.K. Lowry, (2006): Revision of the Ochlesidae sensu stricto, including five new Australian species (Crustacea: Amphipoda). Organism, Diversity & Evolution, Electr. Suppl. 4: 1 - 57.

Coleman, C. O. (2002): The transverse apodeme bridge from the cephalothorax of Amphipoda (Crustacea) and its significance for systematics. J. Nat. Hist. 36: 37-49.

Coleman, C.O. (1994): Comparative anatomy of the alimentary canal of hyperiid amphipods (Crustacea). J. Crust. Biol. 14(2): 346-370.


Last update: 06.03.2014