Distribution of the Mallorcan midwife toad (Alytes muletensis) in relation to landscape topography and introduced predators

Moore, Robin D. and Griffiths, Richard A. and Roman, Alvaro (2004) Distribution of the Mallorcan midwife toad (Alytes muletensis) in relation to landscape topography and introduced predators. Biological Conservation, 116 (3). pp. 327-332. ISSN 0006-3207. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0006-3207(03)00202-7) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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The endemic midwife toad of Mallorca (Alytes muletensis) is restricted to a small number of breeding populations in the mountainous northwest of the island. The decline of the species has been attributed to the impacts of introduced species such as the viperine snake (Natrix maura) and green frog (Rana perezi), and toads may be surviving only in areas that are suboptimal for these predators. The influence of landscape features (elevation, aspect and maximum slope) on the distribution of toads and associated predators was therefore investigated using GIS. The presence of toads was positively associated with steep slopes. At sites where they occurred with toads, the distribution of predators was negatively associated with elevation. Reproductive success within toad populations was strongly associated with the number of pools at each site, while reproductive success within individual pools was positively associated with elevation. These findings may be used to optimise the design and location of future reintroduction sites. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: endangered species GIS introduced predator
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > 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: 07 Oct 2008 10:13 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2018 08:57 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/8572 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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