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Morphological measurements and subspecies of midcontinent sandhill cranes

January 31, 2019

The midcontinent population of sandhill cranes (Antigone canadensis) has historically been classified into three putative subspecies, but genetic analyses have identified only two genetically distinct subspecies. Previous studies have successfully used morphometrics in combination with an individual's sex to differentiate subspecies of sandhill cranes that had been inferred based on breeding area, but no study has used a sample of genetically determined subspecies to discriminate and develop predictive models. These data were used to support an effort to develop a field-ready tool using common morphometric measurements without determination of an individual's sex and linear discriminant analysis to classify genetically identified A. c. canadensis (Lesser) and A. c. tabida (Greater) sandhill crane subspecies.

Publication Year 2019
Title Morphological measurements and subspecies of midcontinent sandhill cranes
DOI 10.5066/P9A5IXCM
Authors Gary L Krapu, Aaron T Pearse, David A Brandt
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center