Periódicos Brasileiros em Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

p. 182-190

A comparison of abundance estimators for small mammal populations

Pacheco, MarcelleKajin, MajaGentile, RosaneZangrandi, Priscilla LVieira, Marcus VCerqueira, Rui

A major difficulty in the application of probabilistic models to estimations of mammal abundance is obtaining a data set that meets all of the assumptions of the model. In this paper, we evaluated the concordance correlation among three population size estimators, the minimum number alive (MNA), jackknife and the model suggested by the selection algorithm in CAPTURE (the best-fit model), using long-term data on three Brazilian small mammal species obtained from three different studies. The concordance correlation coefficients between the abundance estimates indicated that the probabilistic and enumeration estimators were highly correlated, giving concordant population estimates, except for one species in one of the studies. The results indicate the adequacy of using enumeration estimates as indexes for population size when scarce data do not allow for the use of probabilistic methods. Differences observed in the behavior of enumeration and probabilistic methods among species and studies can be related to the exclusive sampling design of each area, species-specific movement characteristics and whether a significant portion of the population could be sampled.(AU)

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