Zoometrics - biometric identification of wildlife using natural body marks

Hoque, S., Azhar, M. H. B. and Deravi, F. (2011) Zoometrics - biometric identification of wildlife using natural body marks. International Journal of Bio-Science and Bio-Technology, 3 (3). pp. 45-53. ISSN 2233-7849.

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Using physiological or behavioral characteristics to identify humans has been in use for quite some time now. Many wildlife animals also show distinctive natural body marks that can be used to identify them individually. Scientists in conservation research often use this approach but the process is manual and can be slow and error prone. This paper reports on an investigation to use biometric techniques for the identification of an important endangered species – The Great Crested Newt. The paper reports on novel techniques for extraction of the belly patterns of these animals as a source of biometric information. Features and classification techniques used for their automatic recognition are presented. The proposed approach is tested on a database of newts under investigation by conservationists. Preliminary studies are also reported on the ageing effects when belly images are compared over a number of years. The results suggest that such biometric techniques may be suitable for developing effective and flexible identification of wildlife in the field.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA0075 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing
Depositing User: Dr. Hannan Azhar
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2015 14:49
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2015 15:22
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13519

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