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dc.contributor.authorMorley, Craig G.
dc.contributor.authorWinder, Linton
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-03T22:05:26Z
dc.date.available2016-03-03T22:05:26Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.issn0030-8870
dc.identifier.issn1534-6188
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10652/3214
dc.description.abstractSkinks are successful colonisers and are commonly found throughout the Pacific islands, but, the presence of introduced predators such as mongoose are known to threaten their survival. The two most abundant skinks found within the Fiji Islands are Emoia cyanura and E. impar; the abundance of these species encountered during visual transect counts on 16 islands within four habitats formed the basis of this study. Half of these islands had mongoose present whilst the other half were known to be mongoose free. Our results showed that skink abundances on mongoose free islands were approximately five times higher than when mongoose were present, irrespective of habitat type. We conclude that it was very likely that mongoose severely supressed even commonly found skink species across all the habitat types on these small islands. Conservation actions that could protect these native species include biosecurity mechanisms to prevent secondary invasion of introduced predators, habitat protection and management, and captive rearing programs. Failure to implement such actions now could result in even common species being at risk of extirpation.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherPacific Science Association (University of Hawaii)en_NZ
dc.relation.urihttps://pacificscience.wordpress.comen_NZ
dc.rightsThis early view paper has been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in Pacific Science. However it has not been copy-edited nor has it undergone typesetting for Pacific Science. The final published paper will look different due to formatting changes, but scientific content will remain the same. (March 22, 2014)en_NZ
dc.subjectFijien_NZ
dc.subjectskinksen_NZ
dc.subjectEmoia cyanuraen_NZ
dc.subjectEmoia imparen_NZ
dc.subjectmongoosesen_NZ
dc.subjectHerpestidae (mongooses)en_NZ
dc.titleThe vulnerability of skinks to predation by introduced mongoose in the Fiji Islandsen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.rights.holderPacific Science Associationen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden060207 Population Ecologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden070205 Animal Protection (Pests and Pathogens)en_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationMorley, C., & Winder, L. (2015). The vulnerability of skinks to predation by introduced mongoose in the Fiji Islands. Pacific Science, 69, pp.1-14. ISSN 0030-8870, 1534-6188en_NZ
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.institutionWaiariki Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.spage1en_NZ
unitec.publication.lpage4en_NZ
unitec.publication.volume69 (3)en_NZ
unitec.publication.titlePacific Science : a quarterly devoted to the biological and physical sciences of the Pacific regionen_NZ
unitec.peerreviewedyesen_NZ
unitec.identifier.roms57683en_NZ


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