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dc.contributor.authorBiciloa, Pitaen_US
dc.contributor.authorMorrison, Clareen_US
dc.contributor.authorNiukula, Joneen_US
dc.contributor.authorOsborne, Tamaraen_US
dc.contributor.authorS. Harlow, Peteren_US
dc.contributor.authorThomas, Nuniaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-04T18:40:40Z
dc.date.available2017-04-04T18:40:40Z
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.date.modified2011-05-30T06:56:14Z
dc.identifier.issn1446-5698en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1071/ZO07062en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/38865
dc.description.abstractThe Fijian crested iguana (Brachylophus vitiensis) is restricted to tropical dry forest habitat and has been extirpated from over 80% of its original range primarily because of habitat destruction. A large population on Yadua Taba island has been proposed as a source for iguana translocations. This study aimed to determine the dietary and habitat requirements of the herbivorous B. vitiensis on Yadua Taba to identify essential tree species. Between September 2005 and June 2006 we examined the diet of B. vitiensis using faecal analyses, while perch preferences were examined using field surveys. Faecal analyses identified 26 plant species in the diet of B. vitiensis, while field surveys recorded iguanas in 33 tree species. The most common diet species largely overlapped with the most common perch species. There were no major seasonal shifts, sex differences, or age-class variations in diet or perch preferences. These results suggest that while B. vitiensis occurs in and consumes several plant species on Yadua Taba, it is primarily dependent on only a few species. To improve translocation success, future translocations of B. vitiensis need to ensure that these important tree species are present at new sites.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCSIRO Publishingen_US
dc.publisher.placeAustraliaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom341en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto350en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAustralian Journal of Zoologyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume55en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchConservation and Biodiversityen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode050202en_US
dc.titleDiet and Habitat Preferences of the Fijian Crested Iguana (Brachylophus vitiensis) on Yadua Taba, Fiji: Implications for Conservationen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.date.issued2007
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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