Disturbance history and proximity to rivers influence the distribution of chameleons in a Malagasy rainforest

Richard Jenkins, L. D. Brady, J. Rabearivony, M. Bisoa, R. A. Griffiths

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    Abstract

    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)407-415
    Number of pages8
    JournalBiological Conservation
    Volume109
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

    Keywords

    • chameleons
    • disturbance
    • Madagascar
    • rainforest
    • rivers
    • riparian
    • EASTERN MADAGASCAR
    • SPECIES-DIVERSITY
    • POPULATION STATUS
    • WEST MADAGASCAR
    • NATIONAL-PARK
    • RAIN-FOREST
    • CONSERVATION
    • DEFORESTATION
    • LIPOTYPHLA
    • PRIORITIES

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    Disturbance history and proximity to rivers influence the distribution of chameleons in a Malagasy rainforest. / Jenkins, Richard; Brady, L. D.; Rabearivony, J.; Bisoa, M.; Griffiths, R. A.

    In: Biological Conservation, Vol. 109, 2003, p. 407-415.

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    Jenkins, Richard ; Brady, L. D. ; Rabearivony, J. ; Bisoa, M. ; Griffiths, R. A. / Disturbance history and proximity to rivers influence the distribution of chameleons in a Malagasy rainforest. In: Biological Conservation. 2003 ; Vol. 109. pp. 407-415.
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