A predictive framework and review of the ecological impacts of exotic plant invasions on reptiles and amphibians

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dc.contributor.author Martin, Leigh en_US
dc.contributor.author Murray, Brad en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-12T03:33:32Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-12T03:33:32Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier 2010002321 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Martin Leigh and Murray Bradley 2011, 'A predictive framework and review of the ecological impacts of exotic plant invasions on reptiles and amphibians', Cambridge Philosophical Society, vol. 86, no. 2, pp. 407-419. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1464-7931 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/18199
dc.description.abstract The invasive spread of exotic plants in native vegetation can pose serious threats to native faunal assemblages. This is of particular concern for reptiles and amphibians because they form a significant component of the worlda??s vertebrate fauna, play a pivotal role in ecosystem functioning and are often neglected in biodiversity research. A framework to predict how exotic plant invasion will affect reptile and amphibian assemblages is imperative for conservation, management and the identification of research priorities. Here, we present a new predictive framework that integrates three mechanistic models. These models are based on exotic plant invasion altering: (1) habitat structure; (2) herbivory and predator-prey interactions; (3) the reproductive success of reptile and amphibian species and assemblages. We present a series of testable predictions from these models that arise from the interplay over time among three exotic plant traits (growth form, area of coverage, taxonomic distinctiveness) and six traits of reptiles and amphibians (body size, lifespan, home range size, habitat specialisation, diet, reproductive strategy). A literature review provided robust empirical evidence of exotic plant impacts on reptiles and amphibians from each of the three model mechanisms. Evidence relating to the role of body size and diet was less clear-cut, indicating the need for further research. The literature provided limited empirical support for many of the other model predictions. This was not, however, because findings contradicted our model predictions but because research in this area is sparse. In particular, the small number of studies specifically examining the effects of exotic plants on amphibians highlights the pressing need for quantitative research in this area. There is enormous scope for detailed empirical investigation of interactions between exotic plants and reptile and amphibian species and assemblages. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Cambridge Philosophical Society en_US
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-185X.2010.00152.x en_US
dc.rights This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Martin Leigh and Murray Bradley 2011, 'A predictive framework and review of the ecological impacts of exotic plant invasions on reptiles and amphibians', Cambridge Philosophical Society, vol. 86, no. 2, pp. 407-419.. which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-185X.2010.00152.x This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving' en_US
dc.title A predictive framework and review of the ecological impacts of exotic plant invasions on reptiles and amphibians en_US
dc.parent Biological Reviews en_US
dc.journal.volume 86 en_US
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation United Kingdom en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 407 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 419 en_US
dc.cauo.name SCI.Environmental Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 060200 en_US
dc.personcode 106719 en_US
dc.personcode 010046 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Ecology en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords amphibians, reptiles, conservation, ecological impacts, exotic plants, herpetofauna, invasion, life-history traits en_US
dc.staffid en_US
dc.staffid 010046 en_US


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