[MARMAM] validation of photo-id catalog

Mollie Tubbs metubbs at hotmail.com
Wed Nov 3 07:33:52 PDT 2010

Hello!  I am preparing a manuscript on the creation of a photo-id catalog for hawksbill sea turtles.  I am looking for information on validating the success of a catalog.  After performing a literature search, I did not find any studies quantifying the success of a catalog based on positive matches by naive observers. Wurzig and Wurzig pioneered photo-id and the practice is very common in the field of marine mammalogy.  My catalog is low-tech (no computer matching software was used, just people)  but I am hopeful that it will aid in conservation efforts.

Please let me know how you validate the success of your catalogs (if the directions, layout, and animal features are appropriate/useful) or what you think a successful matching rate would be.  

I would appreciate any information you have, whether peer-reviewed or personal observation.

Thanks in advance!
Mollie Tubbs
metubbs at hotmail.com
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