Within- and among-observer variation in measurements of animal biometrics and their influence on accurate quantification of common biometric-based condition indices
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Journal: Annales Zoologici Fennici
Research using biometric data relies on consistent measurements within, and often among, observers. However, research into the relative importance of intra- and interobserver variability is limited. More importantly, the influence of biométrie variability on accurate quantification of biometric-based condition indices has not been analysed: it is unclear whether multiple errors become magnified or cancel one another out. Here, we quantify intra- and inter-specific variability in multiple biometrics, and derived condition indices, using museum bird specimens. Inter-observer variability was higher than intra-observer variability for all parameters. Measurement error (ME) varied from < 1% to > 50% for different biometrics. ME was magnified in condition estimates, reaching > 80% within-observers and > 90% among-observers. Significant differences in mean measurements were found for 17% and 67% of biometrics withinand among-observers, respectively; for condition indices, the figures were 50% and 67%, respectively. We discuss the implications of these findings for research into species' ecology, taxonomy and behaviour. © Finnish Zoological and Botanical Publishing Board 2010.
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Authors: Goodenough, A.E., Stafford, R., Catlin-Groves, C.L., Smith, A.L. and Hart, A.G.
Journal: ANNALES ZOOLOGICI FENNICI