Reliable Discrimination of 10 Ungulate Species Using High Resolution Melting Analysis of Faecal DNA
Ana Ramon-Laca, Dianne Gleeson, Ivor Yockney, Michael Perry, Graham Nugent, David M Forsyth
PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2014
Identifying species occupying an area is essential for many ecological and conservation studies. Faecal DNA is a potentially powerful method for identifying cryptic mammalian species. In New Zealand, 10 species of ungulate (Order: Artiodactyla) have established wild populations and are managed as pests because of their impacts on native ecosystems. However, identifying the ungulate species present within a management area based on pellet morphology is unreliable. We present a method that enables reliable identification of 10 ungulate species (red deer, sika deer, rusa deer, fallow deer, sambar deer, white-tailed deer, Himalayan tahr, Alpine chamois, feral sheep, and feral goat) from swabs of..View full abstract
Funding was provided by the New Zealand Department of Conservation as part of their Biodiversity Monitoring and Reporting System. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.