Vol. 14 No. 2 (2019)
Short Note

Visible Implant Alphanumeric (VIA) as a marking method in the lesser snouted treefrog Scinax nasicus

Andrea Caballero-Gini
Insituto de Biología Subtropical, Universidad Nacional de Misiones, Félix de Azara 1552, CP 3300, Posadas, Misiones, Argentina
Diego Bueno Villafañe
Centro de Investigación del Chaco Americano, Fundación Manuel Gondra, San José 365, Asunción, Paraguay
Lía Romero
Centro de Investigación del Chaco Americano, Fundación Manuel Gondra, San José 365, Asunción, Paraguay
Marcela Ferreira
Centro de Investigación del Chaco Americano, Fundación Manuel Gondra, San José 365, Asunción, Paraguay
Rafaela Laino
Centro de Investigación del Chaco Americano, Fundación Manuel Gondra, San José 365, Asunción, Paraguay
Karim Musalem
Centro de Investigación del Chaco Americano, Fundación Manuel Gondra, San José 365, Asunción, Paraguay
Published December 27, 2019
Keywords
  • Amphibian,
  • mark-recapture,
  • fluorescent elastomer,
  • toe-clipping
How to Cite
Caballero-Gini, A., Bueno Villafañe, D., Romero, L., Ferreira, M., Laino, R., & Musalem, K. (2019). Visible Implant Alphanumeric (VIA) as a marking method in the lesser snouted treefrog Scinax nasicus. Acta Herpetologica, 14(2), 129-133. https://doi.org/10.13128/a_h-7751

Abstract

In this study we assessed the efficacy of Visible Implant Alphanumeric (VIA) for marking adults and juveniles of the Neotropical treefrog Scinax nasicus. We evaluated the success of this technique in the identification of individuals and the prevalence of tags in the field. As a control, we marked the same individuals through toe-clipping. Of 196 marked individuals, 57 were recaptured in a 7-month study period. Only one mark was unreadable because it was located too deep in the skin. We found one case of tag expulsion and two inverted tags. Almost complete regeneration of the adhesive disk was observed by the fifth month of the study in all recaptured frogs. We suggest VIA tagging method as suitable for S. nasicus over long term studies. Even though, a hybrid method for marking (VIA + toe-clipping) is recommended for species with dark and/or loose skin, or large frogs.

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