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Subspecies crossover capacity

Excellent synthesis. The low study rate for some subspecies is a challenge. (i) is cross-over in inference of sightings possible between subspecies and (ii) did studies report direct and indirect observations? I was thinking in that some animal observation studies, the target taxa/species is 'captured' ie via animal cameras but many other animals are also recorded and sometimes reportedly only indirectly. Prey, other species, competing predators etc. are also important data for conservation decisions and moves from taxa-specific conservation to more networked management.

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As we were primarily interested in determining presence, study design was not a principal concern. The species was either recorded or not. After initial presence was determined, the date of that presence and any additional presences were important in order to establish more permanent residency. We gathered presence from any source we could find including camera trap studies that were designed for other species. For instance, many primate camera trap studies were of interest. Thanks for your question.

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