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Updated July 2010

photo of snowy egret by B. Truiit Go to bird species reports

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photo of Mexican Free-tailed Bat by Texas Parks and Wildlife Go to mammal species reports

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photo of diamondback terrapin by Willem M. Roosenburg

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photo of southern leopard frog by Walter Knapp

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Living organisms have long been used to monitor environmental contamination. The value of biota in monitoring programs relates to their characteristic of integrating contaminant exposure and effects over time and space.
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Written summaries of biological characteristics and contaminant exposure and effects data for 49 coastal and estuarine terrestrial vertebrates are available.
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Species were selected based on their previous use in contaminant monitoring, their status as valued natural resources, or as representatives of taxonomic groups.
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Characterizations were compiled from over 1800 references obtained from literature searches of several scientific databases.

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