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Field-based evaluation of scat DNA methods to estimate population abundance of the spotted-tailed quoll ( Dasyurus maculatus ), a rare Australian marsupial

Ruibal, Monica; Peakall, Rodney; Claridge, Andrew W.; Firestone, Karen


Context. DNA extracted non-invasively from remotely collected scat samples has been used successfully to enumerate populations of a few endangered mammal species. However, scat DNA surveys relying on scent-marking behaviours need to identify if age- or sex-specific variations or seasonal changes in scat scent-marking patterns affect population estimates. Furthermore, owing to the low quantity and quality of scat DNA, a thorough assessment of the technique is needed when it is applied to...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Wildlife Research
DOI: 10.1071/WR09086


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