Call for alternative identification methods for endangered species

April 17, 2014 6:06 PM

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Call for alternative identification methods for endangered species

In a time of global climate change and rapidly disappearing habitat critical to the survival of countless endangered species, there is a heightened sense of urgency to confirm the return of animals thought to be extinct, or to confirm the presence of newly discovered species. Field biologists traditionally collect specimens to distinguish the animals — or to confirm that they do indeed exist in the wild.

Researchers at Arizona State University and Plymouth University in the United Kingdom want to change the way biologists think about this "gold standard" of collecting a 'voucher' specimen for species identification. They suggest that current specimen collection practices may actually pose a risk to ...

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