Faecal DNA typing as a tool for investigating territorial behaviour of badgers (Meles meles)

Alain C. Frantz*, Fred Fack, Claude P. Muller, Timothy J. Roper

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Abstract

We use data from three social groups of badgers (Meles meles) to illustrate how faecal DNA genotyping could be used in scent-marking studies. Faecal samples collected from latrines were genotyped to determine the individual identity and sex of badgers engaging in territorial behaviour and the frequency with which those individuals defecated at particular latrines. The method is potentially applicable to other species of carnivores that use latrines to mark their territories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-141
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Wildlife Research
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

Keywords

  • Boundary latrines
  • Hair DNA
  • Non-invasive genotyping
  • Scent marking

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