I-Nema: A Biological Image Dataset for Nematode Recognition

Xuequan Lu, Yihao Wang, Sheldon Fung, Xue Qing

Nematode worms are one of most abundant metazoan groups on the earth, occupying diverse ecological niches. Accurate recognition or identification of nematodes are of great importance for pest control, soil ecology, bio-geography, habitat conservation and against climate changes. Computer vision and image processing have witnessed a few successes in species recognition of nematodes; however, it is still in great demand. In this paper, we identify two main bottlenecks: (1) the lack of a publicly available imaging dataset for diverse species of nematodes (especially the species only found in natural environment) which requires considerable human resources in field work and experts in taxonomy, and (2) the lack of a standard benchmark of state-of-the-art deep learning techniques on this dataset which demands the discipline background in computer science. With these in mind, we propose an image dataset consisting of diverse nematodes (both laboratory cultured and naturally isolated), which, to our knowledge, is the first time in the community. We further set up a species recognition benchmark by employing state-of-the-art deep learning networks on this dataset. We discuss the experimental results, compare the recognition accuracy of different networks, and show the challenges of our dataset. We make our dataset publicly available at: https://github.com/xuequanlu/I-Nema

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