Slovenian laboratory uses megapixel cameras to observe rare amphibian

Arecont Vision cameras enable research on European cave salamander in dark, humid environment

In addition to the direct advantages of megapixel video (image quality, capacity to monitor details, motion detection, etc.), the cameras provide some indirect advantages. Incorporating up-to-date video monitoring technology into the research methodology raises the quality of the research and advances the position of the Tular Cave Laboratory in the scientific community. In addition to providing greater megapixel image quality, the use of remote accessibility will open new possibilities in science and education. To date, the Tular Virtual Lab is believed to have the first 24/7 video system, a tool introduced to the field of subterranean biology that monitors cave life.

During a one month 24/7 monitoring test in January 2011, the Arecont Vision camera mounted above one of the laboratory pools captured a Proteus female laying eggs - an extremely rare event that happens only every 8 to 12 years in captivity. Even in the early stages before the system is fully operative, the value of megapixel imaging as a study tool has become obvious. The data collected by the Arecont Vision infrared cameras has already brought urgently needed international attention to the natural history and conservation of the endangered cave amphibian. Developing additional basic knowledge of Proteus lays the groundwork for a more relevant and effective conservation plan for the endangered species.