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Articles surveyed were published in the peer-reviewed literature and consist of qualitative or quantitative evaluations of marking effects. We report the effect of markers as being important/significant or not (n.s.), as interpreted by the authors in the article.

Gr = growth, Su = survival. Be = behavior. Mo = movements. Ma = mass, Co = condition. Pa = parasitism/disease, Pr = predation, Ph = physiology.

advantages of lying near a fish's center of gravity, not being lost or entangled in the environment, and not creating drag forces. However, these advantages can be offset by reduction in swimming performance, increased handling time, and stress associated with surgery, as well as the higher chance of infection following release. Also, implanted transmitters occasionally can be passively expelled from the body, although sometimes without causing mortality or morbidity (Lucas 1989). Some species appear more predisposed than others to postoperative complications and transmitter expulsion (Mellas and Haynes 1985; Marty and Summerfelt 1986), meaning that it may be necessary to tailor surgical technique and specific implantation site to the target species. However, in some species, stomach implants seem to have fewer effects than either external mounts or surgically implanted transmitters (Henderson et al. 1966).

In all telemetry studies, transmitter size is an important consideration, and smaller transmitters are always more desirable than larger ones from the standpoint of effects on the animal (Stasko and Pincock 1977; Marty and Summer-felt 1986). However, the general question regarding the effects of transmitter mass on fish still must be addressed in controlled studies (Stasko and Pincock

Reptiles and amphibians tagging The use of marking in reptile and amphibian research is fairly new, so fewer studies have evaluated marker effects in these taxonomic groups. Many species of reptiles and amphibians have proven difficult to mark because of their epidermal sensitivity, small size, and potential for tissue regeneration. Tagging of reptiles and amphibians has included various types of branding and the use of polymers, pigments, dyes, and radioactive substances (Ferner 1979; Ashton 1994; Donnelly et al. 1994; table 2.2). Many of these markers are of limited utility because they were not tested adequately for marking effects (Donnelly et al. 1994); such limitations are particularly important for amphibians, given the sensitivity of their skin. A field test of marking by dye injection did not find any effects on larval amphibians (Seale and Boraas 1974), but a controlled laboratory study did identify stunting in dyed tadpoles (Travis 1981). Although these studies used different dyes, the results call into question previous suggestions that some dyes are largely benign (Guttman and Creasey 1973) and suggest that laboratory studies might be more sensitive to detection of marking effects. Other color markers, such as fluorescent paint, often are used to monitor amphibians in the field (Taylor and Deegan 1982; Nishikawa and Service 1988; Ireland 1991), despite the fact that such paint

Table 2.2 Survey of Marker Evaluation Studies in Reptiles and Amphibians

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