Spatial scales for the management of amphibian populations

Bosch, Jaime, Boyero, Luz, and Martinez-Solano, Inigo (2004) Spatial scales for the management of amphibian populations. Biodiversity and Conservation, 13 (2). pp. 409-420.

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Conservation programs must be based on a detailed knowledge of the distribution of communities and populations, but this changes with the spatial scale of observation. In this context, we examined the multiscale patterns of spatial variation of a montane amphibian assemblage in Central Spain. The largest spatial scale examined (in a range of 1200 m) accounted for the maximum variability in both species richness and larval abundance, while the smallest scale examined (pond) was responsible for the maximum variation of larval abundances of many individual species. Habitat characteristics seemed to be more related to spatial variation of the amphibian assemblage at a particular spatial scale (in a range of 75 m), and distances among ponds were in part responsible for variation of larval abundance, but not species richness.

Item ID: 8917
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1572-9710
Keywords: amphibians; biodiversity; conservation; ponds; spatial scales; tropical biology
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2010 05:38
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060204 Freshwater Ecology @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060202 Community Ecology (excl Invasive Species Ecology) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960807 Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960506 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments @ 50%
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