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dc.contributor.authorGarden, Jenni G.
dc.contributor.authorMcAlpine, Clive A.
dc.contributor.authorPossingham, Hugh P.
dc.contributor.authorJones, Darryl
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T12:46:29Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T12:46:29Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.date.modified2009-11-06T05:53:21Z
dc.identifier.issn14429985
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1442-9993.2007.01750.x
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/18826
dc.description.abstractAs urban areas continue to expand and replace natural and agricultural landscapes, the ability to manage and conserve native wildlife within urban environments is becoming increasingly important. To do so we first need to understand species' responses to local-level habitat attributes in order to inform the decision-making process and on-ground conservation actions. Patterns in the occurrence of native terrestrial reptile and small mammal species in 59 sites located in remnant urban habitat fragments of Brisbane City were assessed against local-level environmental characteristics of each site. Cluster analysis, multidimensional scaling ordination, and principal axis correlation were used to investigate relationships between species' occurrences and environmental characteristics. Native reptiles were most strongly associated with the presence of termite mounds, a high amount of fallen woody material, and a moderate amount of weed cover. Native small mammals were most strongly associated with the presence of grass trees (Xanthorrhoea spp.), and both reptiles and small mammals were negatively influenced by increased soil compaction. Significant floristic characteristics were considered to be important as structural, rather than compositional, habitat elements. Therefore, habitat structure, rather than vegetation composition, appears to be most important for determining native, terrestrial reptile and small mammal species assemblages in urban forest fragments. We discuss the management implications in relation to human disturbances and local-level management of urban remnants.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Inc.
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom669
dc.relation.ispartofpageto685
dc.relation.ispartofissue6
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAustral Ecology
dc.relation.ispartofvolume32
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchBiological Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode05
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode06
dc.titleHabitat structure is more important than vegetation composition for local-level management of native terrestrial reptile and small mammal species living in urban remnants: A case study from Brisbane, Australia
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.date.issued2007
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorJones, Darryl N.


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