Data from: Validating the use of coloration patterns for individual recognition in the worm pipefish using a novel set of microsatellite markers

Nuno M. Monteiro, Rodolfo M. Silva, Mário Cunha, Agostinho Antunes, Adam G. Jones & Maria N. Vieira
In studies of behaviour, ecology and evolution, identification of individual organisms can be an invaluable tool, capable of unravelling otherwise cryptic information regarding group structure, movement patterns, population size and mating strategies. The use of natural markings is arguably the least invasive method for identification. However, to be truly useful natural markings must be sufficiently variable to allow for unique identification, while being stable enough to permit long-term studies. Non-invasive marking techniques are especially important...
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