Amphibians are threatened by several factors, such as habitat fragmentation, pollution or the introduction of pathogens, such as BSal. Monitoring both the population size and geographic range can help to establish effective conservation plans. Our vision is to use innovative technology that leverages crowdsourced images to enable continuous and automated monitoring of the European fire salamander and other amphibians and reptiles. Many amphibians, such as the fire salamander or the yellow-bellied toad, carry individual specific color patterns on their skin, which can be used to identify individuals. This enables us to use a photographic recapture analysis to estimate population sizes and movement distances in a completely non-invasive way.
These are two pictures that were taken of the same animal on two different nights in the botanical garden in Bielefeld. The Amphibian and Reptile Wildbook recognised the individual pattern on the back and identified the pictures as the same individual. A coin can be used as a size reference.
Here you find a short user guide on how to use the Amphibian and Reptile Wildbook software (in English and in German). You also find an excel sheet template in German that you can use for bulk-imports. The English version of the template can be found on the ARW website.