The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.

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pdf 02. Declining amphibian populations the pitfalls of count data in the study of diversity, distribution, dynamics and demography

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pp.167-174

Authors: Benedikt R. Schmidt

Abstract: Most data used in the study of the demography, dynamics, distributions, diversity, and declines of amphibians are count data that are not adjusted for detection probabilities, which are generally variable and l ow. Such unadjusted count data are unreliable for understanding amphibian ecology, amphibian declines, or when developing conservation and management strategies. In the future, detection probabilities should be estimated and counts adjusted accordingly. This could be achieved by using capture-mark-recapture, distance sampling or novel Bayesian methods.

Keywords: conservation, detection probability, population census, survey methods

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