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Biometric sex discrimination is unreliable when sexual dimorphism varies within and between years: an example in Eurasian Oystercatchers Haematopus ostralegus

van de Pol, Martijn; Oosterbeek, Kees; Rutten, Anne L.; Ens, Bruno J.; Tinbergen, Joost M.; Verhulst, Simon


Molecular sexing of birds has been possible for over a decade, but for practical reasons many studies still use biometric data for sex discrimination. In some species, the sexes are easy to distinguish but sexual dimorphism is often more subtle, requiring the use of statistical analyses of biometric measurements to discriminate sexes. These models are usually parameterized and validated using data from a limited number of sites and years. However, the resulting discriminant functions are often...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Ibis
DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2008.00891.x


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