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A comparison of visual and genetic techniques for identifying Japanese marten scats - enabling diet examination in relation to seasonal food availability in a sub-alpine area of Japan

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We compared the reliability of visual diagnostic criteria to DNA diagnostic techniques, including newly designed primers, to discriminate Japanese marten (Martes melampus) feces from those of other sympatric carnivore species. Visual criteria proved > 95% reliable for fresh, odoriferous scats in good condition. Based upon this verification, we then examined if and how Japanese marten diet differs among seasons at high elevation study site (1500-2026 m). We also considered how intra-specifi...

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Peer reviewed

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10.2108/zs160148

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
Oxford college:
Wolfson College
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Author
Publisher:
Zoological Society of Japan
Journal:
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Volume:
34
Issue:
2
Pages:
137-146
Publication date:
2017-04-25
Acceptance date:
2016-10-30
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ISSN:
0289-0003
Pmid:
28397597
Language:
English
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pubs:690318
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uuid:1c7fa160-b556-4355-bb72-de36874005fd
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pubs:690318
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690318
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2017-11-02

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