Detecting species without species-specific guides

A new, trait-based model of detectability:

Imperfect detectability of plants and animals during ecological surveys is a major issue. Get it wrong and you run the risk of endangered species being lost when development is permitted but the species was still present. Or, on the other hand, you risk an invasive species breaking out when control efforts are stopped too soon because the invading organism was thought to be not there. Imperfect detectability can lead to biased estimates of abundance or occupancy, impaired ability to detect change or response to management action and ultimately leads to poorly informed management decisions.

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