May 21, 2018

Species identified by DNA Analysis

The Conservation Scats Project, conducted by a team at the University of California, Santa Cruz presented a rare opportunity to identify scats by DNA analysis. See the following link for more information about the project:

http://www.conservationscats.com/

Over 300 scat samples were collected and analyzed for DNA content of both predator and prey. I created the following project on iNaturalist for the samples I collected and had photos for:

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/conservation-scats-rancho-san-antonio-osp

Results of the study were published in Oikos - Synthesizing Ecology in January 2018:

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/oik.04592

Posted by truthseqr truthseqr, May 21, 2018 01:25 PM

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There have been requests to add our southern African data to this project, but we dont have any DNA data.

Our southern African observations (without DNA) can be found at https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/scats-dung-s-afr

Posted by tonyrebelo about 4 years ago (Flag)

@tonyrebelo, most of the sightings in this Scatology project don't have DNA analysis. I was just lucky enough to be a volunteer for a project at the Univ. of Santa Cruz, CA that did DNA analysis on carnivore scats.

Posted by truthseqr about 4 years ago (Flag)

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