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Life sciences : Aquatic sciences & oceanology
Life sciences : Environmental sciences & ecology
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Animal psychology, ethology & psychobiology
The use of visual and automatized behavioral markers to assess methodologies: a study case on PIT-tagging in the Alpine newt
Winandy, Laurane mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > > > 2e an. master sc. psycho., fin. spéc. neurosc. cog. & comp.]
Denoël, Mathieu mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences et gestion de l'environnement > Biologie du comportement - Ethologie et psychologie animale >]
Behavior Research Methods
Psychonomic Society
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[en] Behavior ; Behaviour ; PIT-tag ; video-tracking ; marking ; amphibian ; feeding ; courtship ; method ; validation ; evaluation ; assesment ; Mesotriton alpestris ; Triturus alpestris ; Ichthyosaura alpestris
[fr] marquage ; triton alpestre ; amphibien ; transpondeur ; RFID ; test
[de] Bergmolche
[en] Behavioural marker ; Behavioral marker ; Passive integrated transponder ; CMR ; Amphibia
[en] Biomarkers are now widely used as tools in various research fields to assess individual integrity. The recent advances in quantification methods of behavioral patterns, such as computerized video-tracking procedures, make them valuable biomarkers. However, the corollary of these novelties is that they remain relatively unknown and unused. In this study, we show that such tools can assess the validity of research methods, such as individual recognition. To demonstrate this we employed as a model a marking method (Passive Integrate Transponders: PIT-tagging) widely used in amphibians. Both detailed visual observations and video-tracking methods were complementary in highlighting components at different behavioral scales: locomotion, feeding, and breeding. We illustrate the scientific and ethical adequacy of the targeted marking method but also suggest that more studies should integrate behavioral analyses. Such biomarkers are a powerful tool to assess conservation concerns when other techniques cannot detect detrimental effects.
F.R.S.-FNRS - Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique ; DGRNE - Région wallonne. Direction générale des Ressources naturelles et de l'Environnement
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