Evaluation of a waistband for attaching external radiotransmitters to anurans

Wildlife Society Bulletin
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Abstract

Radiotelemetry provides fine-scale temporal and spatial information about an individual's movements and habitat use; however, its use for monitoring amphibians has been restricted by transmitter mass and lack of suitable attachment techniques. We describe a novel waistband for attaching external radiotransmitters to anurans and evaluate the percentages of resulting abrasions, lacerations, and shed transmitters. We used radiotelemetry to monitor movements and habitat use of wood frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus) in 2006 and 2011–2013 in Maine, USA; American toads (Anaxyrus americanus) in 2012 in North Carolina, USA; and, wood frogs, southern leopard frogs (L. sphenocephalus), and green frogs (L. clamitans) in 2012 in South Carolina, USA. We monitored 172 anurans for 1–365 days (56.4 ± 59.4) in a single year and 1–691 days (60.5 ± 94.1) across years. Our waistband resulted in an injury percentage comparable to 7 alternative anuran waistband attachment techniques; however, 12.5% fewer anurans shed their waistband when attached with our technique. Waistband retention facilitates longer monitoring periods and, thus, provides a greater quantity of data per radiotagged individual.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Evaluation of a waistband for attaching external radiotransmitters to anurans
Series title Wildlife Society Bulletin
DOI 10.1002/wsb.554
Volume 39
Issue 3
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Wildlife Society
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Leetown
Description 6 p.
First page 610
Last page 615
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N