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Forest disturbance and river proximity influence chameleon abundance in Madagascar

Jenkins, Richard K. B., Brady, Lee D., Bisoa, Michel, Rabearivony, Jeanneney, Griffiths, Richard A. (2003) Forest disturbance and river proximity influence chameleon abundance in Madagascar. Biological Conservation, 109 (3). pp. 407-415. ISSN 0006-3207. (doi:10.1016/S0006-3207(02)00166-0) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:8566)

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Many chameleon species are thought to be restricted to primary rainforest where they are threatened by the continued fragmentation. and degradation of natural vegetation. We surveyed chameleon abundance in forest subject to high disturbance, low disturbance and in a riparian zone in Madagascar. Four Calumma species and Brookesia thieli were present in all habitats, but B. minima was not recorded from the high-disturbance forest. Chameleons were,more abundant in rainforest subject to low-disturbance (e.g. selective timber extraction) than in patches of high-disturbance forest that was recovering front burning. Riparian zones within low-disturbance forest provided linear patches of high chameleon, abundance and are therefore an important con servation resource because they also protect a range of other endemic and threatened species. Carefully designed management plans are needed to conserve biodiversity and allow the sustainable use of forest products by people in Madagascar. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/S0006-3207(02)00166-0
Uncontrolled keywords: Chameleons; Disturbance; Madagascar; Rainforest; Rivers; Riparian
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: C.G.W.G. van-de-Benderskum
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2008 16:39 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:46 UTC
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