Fishing for mammals: landscape-level monitoring of terrestrial and semi-aquatic communities using eDNA from lotic ecosystems

Naiara Sales, Maisie B. McKenzie, Joseph Drake, Lynsey R. Harper, Samuel S. Browett, Ilaria Coscia, Owen S. Wangensteen, Charles Baillie, Emma Bryce, Deborah A. Dawson, Erinma Ochu, Bernd Hänfling, Lori Lawson Handley, Stefano Mariani, Xavier Lambin, Christopher Sutherland & Allan McDevitt
1. Environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding has revolutionised biomonitoring in both marine and freshwater ecosystems. However, for semi-aquatic and terrestrial animals, the application of this technique remains relatively untested. 2. We first assess the efficiency of eDNA metabarcoding in detecting semi-aquatic and terrestrial mammals in natural lotic ecosystems in the UK by comparing sequence data recovered from water and sediment samples to the mammalian communities expected from historical data. Secondly, using occupancy modelling we compared the...
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