Non-invasive genetic sampling of faecal material and hair from the grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)

Heather J. Baldwin, Stephen J. Hoggard, Stephanie T. Snoyman, Adam J. Stow, Culum Brown*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)


Remote-sampling DNA from animals offers obvious benefits for species that are difficult to sample directly and is less disruptive for species of conservation concern. Here we report the results of a pilot study investigating non-invasive DNA sampling of the grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus), a threatened species that is restricted to the east coast of Australia. We successfully extracted DNA from fresh scats and hair, each of which was of sufficient quality for amplifying mitochondrial DNA markers and microsatellites. A single-locus multitube approach was used to investigate amplification success and genotyping reliability. Faecal samples yielded a higher proportion of successful amplifications and consensus genotype assignments than hair samples. We outline measures that may be utilised to minimise microsatellite genotyping error for future studies. These indirect approaches to obtaining genetic data show much promise given the difficult nature of directly sampling flying-foxes and related species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-61
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Mammalogy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • allelic dropout
  • control region
  • D-loop
  • faeces
  • false alleles
  • genetic typing
  • genotyping error
  • multitube
  • PCR


Dive into the research topics of 'Non-invasive genetic sampling of faecal material and hair from the grey-headed flying-fox (<i>Pteropus poliocephalus</i>)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this