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MICA - Muskrat and coypu camera trap observations in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany
Cartuyvels E, Adriaens T, Baert K, Brosens D, Casaer J, Devisscher S, Donckers D, Fritz H, Huysentruyt F, Lodewijkx J, Maistrelli C, Neukermans A, Slootmaekers D, Van der beeck D, Desmet P (2021): MICA - Muskrat and coypu camera trap observations in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. v1.8. Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO). Dataset/Occurrence.

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MICA - Muskrat and coypu camera trap observations in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany is an occurrence dataset published by the Research Institute of Nature and Forest (INBO). It is part of the LIFE project MICA, in which innovative techniques are tested for a more efficient control of muskrat and coypu populations, both invasive species. The dataset contains camera trap observations of muskrat and coypu, as well as many other observed species. The collected data are managed and annotated in Agouti ( more

Here the dataset is published as a standardized Darwin Core Archive and includes for each occurrence record an occurrenceID, date, location, the number of recorded individuals, and scientific name (in the occurrence core) and all associated camera trap images (in the multimedia extension). Issues with the dataset can be reported at

Generalized and/or withheld information: to prevent camera trap theft, coordinates are rounded to 3 decimals (111m).

We have released this dataset to the public domain under a Creative Commons Zero waiver. We would appreciate it if you follow the INBO norms for data use ( when using the data. If you have any questions regarding this dataset, don't hesitate to contact us via the contact information provided in the metadata or via

This dataset was collected using infrastructure provided by INBO and funded by Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) as part of the Belgian contribution to LifeWatch. The data were collected as part of the MICA project, which received funding from the European Union’s LIFE Environment sub-programme under the grant agreement LIFE18 NAT/NL/001047. The dataset was published with funding from Stichting NLBIF - Netherlands Biodiversity Information Facility.

The target species for this dataset are Ondatra zibethicus and Myocastor coypus, but many other species have been observed as well.

A standard protocol was followed to choose the location for the traps. The setup of camera traps was standardised for water habitat. Subsequently, 33 camera traps were deployed in four locations in Flanders and one in Germany. Once a month images were collected from the camera traps and uploaded to Agouti. Project members scored the images in Agouti.

The DOI in the citation represents all versions. To find the DOI of the different versions, go to the Zenodo record.

Biology > Ecology - biodiversity, Biology > Mammals
Fresh water, Terrestrial, Awareness, Cameras, Damage, Damage prevention, Flood control, Flood protection, Introduced species, Invasive species, Observation, Pest control, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Myocastor coypus (Molina, 1782), , Rodentia

Geographical coverage
Belgium [Marine Regions]
Germany [Marine Regions]
Netherlands [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
19 September 2019 - 2 February 2021

Taxonomic coverage
Myocastor coypus (Molina, 1782) [WoRMS]
Ondatra zibethicus
Rodentia [WoRMS]

Occurrence of biota

Landwirtschaftskammer Niedersachsen, moredata creator
University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover; Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife (ITAW), moredata creator
Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Leefmilieu, Natuur en Energie; Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij (VMM), moredata creator
Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Omgeving; Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (INBO), moredata creator

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring
Metadatarecord created: 2021-07-20
Information last updated: 2022-01-13
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