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Methods for aging and sexing the Black-eared Miner, Manorina melanotis, and Yellow-throated Miner, M. flavigula

Clarke, Rohan, Boulton, Rebecca L., Ewen, John G., Moysey, Emma and Clarke, Michael F. 2002, Methods for aging and sexing the Black-eared Miner, Manorina melanotis, and Yellow-throated Miner, M. flavigula, Emu, vol. 102, no. 4, pp. 339-344, doi: 10.1071/MU01041.

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Title Methods for aging and sexing the Black-eared Miner, Manorina melanotis, and Yellow-throated Miner, M. flavigula
Formatted title Methods for aging and sexing the Black-eared Miner, Manorina melanotis, and Yellow-throated Miner, M. flavigula
Author(s) Clarke, Rohan
Boulton, Rebecca L.
Ewen, John G.
Moysey, Emma
Clarke, Michael F.
Journal name Emu
Volume number 102
Issue number 4
Start page 339
End page 344
Publisher Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2002
ISSN 0158-4197
1448-5540
Summary Morphometric data on 92 Black-eared Miners and 47 Yellow-throated Miners that had been independently sexed using molecular techniques were analysed to investigate size dimorphism between the sexes. We found that both species are sexually dimorphic in size, with males being the larger sex. Discriminant analyses of morphometric data were used to develop a simple method for sexing both species in the hand. Additionally, alula shape was consistent with other methods that we applied for ageing individuals. Sex-specific size differences between Black-eared and Yellow-throated Miners detected here add further support to the contention that they represent different taxa. The application of these sexing and ageing techniques for both species of mallee miner will improve ongoing field management of the endangered Black-eared Miner.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/MU01041
Field of Research 060803 Animal Developmental and Reproductive Biology
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004379

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Life and Environmental Sciences
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