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Parallel declines in species and genetic diversity in tropical forest fragments.

Struebig, Matthew J., Kingston, Tigga, Petit, Eric J., Le Comber, Steven C., Zubaid, Akbar, Mohd-Adnan, Adura, Rossiter, Stephen J. (2011) Parallel declines in species and genetic diversity in tropical forest fragments. Ecology Letters, 14 (6). pp. 582-590. ISSN 1461-023X. (doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2011.01623.x) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)


The potential for parallel impacts of habitat change on multiple biodiversity levels has important conservation implications. We report on the first empirical test of the 'species-genetic diversity correlation' across co-distributed taxa with contrasting ecological traits in the context of habitat fragmentation. In a rainforest landscape undergoing conversion to oil palm, we show that depauperate species richness in fragments is mirrored by concomitant declines in population genetic diversity in the taxon predicted to be most susceptible to fragmentation. This association, not seen in the other species, relates to fragment area rather than isolation. While highlighting the over-simplification of extrapolating across taxa, we show that fragmentation presents a double jeopardy for some species. For these, conserving genetic diversity at levels of pristine forest could require sites 15-fold larger than those needed to safeguard species numbers. Importantly, however, each fragment contributes to regional species richness, with larger ones tending to contain more species.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2011.01623.x
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: Y1 - 2011/06// [EPrints field already has value set] L2 - [Field not mapped to EPrints] M3 - 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2011.01623.x [Field not mapped to EPrints] JA - Ecol Lett [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: Allelic richness, bat, biodiversity, conservation value, habitat fragmentation, oil palm, species-genetic diversity correlation, SLOSS
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Matthew Struebig
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 11:18 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 09:27 UTC
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