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Modified Salamander Stick to Facilitate Accurate Measurement Of Small IndividualsAuthor(s): Eric L. Margenau; Sara M. Crayton; Lacy E. Rucker; Carl D. Jacobsen; Donald J. Brown
Source: Herpetological Review 49(2): 243-246.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionCollection of morphometric data is an important component in amphibian research, because age-class, body-condition, and demographics yield important insights into populations (Deichmann et al. 2008; Peterman et al. 2008). Snout–vent length (SVL) is one important morphometric measurement that can help deduce age, sex, and when combined with weight, body condition (Kupfer 2007). Thus, accurate measurement of SVL can be critical for obtaining reliable inferences about populations and individuals. For field studies, optimal devices that facilitate accurate measurements would not require anesthetization of individuals prior to measurements, would minimize handling time, minimize pathogen transmission potential, and be portable and lightweight.
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CitationMargenau, Eric L.; Crayton, Sara M.; Rucker, Lacy E.; Jacobsen, Carl D.; Brown, Donald J. 2018. Modified Salamander Stick to Facilitate Accurate Measurement Of Small Individuals. Herpetological Review 49(2): 243-246.
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