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Using DNA metabarcoding to detect burrowing seabirds in a remote landscape

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posted on 2023-05-21, 00:44 authored by Julie McInnesJulie McInnes, Jeremy BirdJeremy Bird, Deagle, BE, Polanowski, AM, Shaw, JD
Species inventories and biodiversity assessments are critical to conservation. Yet cryptic species or recolonizing species can be challenging to detect. DNA metabarcoding provides an alternative tool to identify species that can be difficult to observe during field surveys. We test the efficacy of DNA analysis to identify burrowing petrel species in a rapidly changing landscape, on a remote sub-Antarctic island following pest eradication. Discarded feathers and scats provided high quality DNA for species identification, assisting in detection of new species arrivals and new breeding sites across Macquarie Island. We highlight how DNA metabarcoding informs species inventories and is a valuable tool to complement seabird field surveys.


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Conservation Science and Practice



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Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies


John Wiley & Sons Inc

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United States

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© 2021 The Authors. Conservation Science and Practice published by Wiley Periodicals LLC. on behalf of Society for Conservation Biology Conservation Science and Practice. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License, ( which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Socio-economic Objectives

Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments; Protection and conservation of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments