Limitations on the use of historical and database sources to identify changes in distribution and abundance of the platypus. Response to A silent demise: Historical insights into population changes of the iconic platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

Frank Carrick, David Goldney, Tom Grant, Melody Serena, Peter Temple-Smith

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Abstract

Hawke et al. (2019) have attempted to identify historical changes in platypus distribution and abundance by collating information from archival sources (mainly newspaper articles), museum and government databases and citizen-science reports. We applaud the authors' goal of raising concerns regarding the species’ status, but shortcomings in their methodology and unjustified use of inference limit the scope and plausibility of their findings.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere00777
Pages (from-to)1-2
Number of pages2
JournalGlobal Ecology and Conservation
Volume20
Early online date15 Sep 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019

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