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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 33, No. 5, 2012, pp. 439-446
Bioline Code: zr12070
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 33, No. 5, 2012, pp. 439-446

 en Nested species subsets of amphibians and reptiles in Thousand Island Lake
WANG, Xi; WANG, Yan-Ping & DING, Ping

Abstract

Habitat fragmentation is a main cause for the loss of biological diversity. Combining line-transect methods to survey the amphibians and reptiles on 23 islands on Thousand Island Lake in Zhejiang province, along with survey data on nearby plant species and habitat variables collected by GIS, we used the “BINMATNEST (binary matrix nestedness temperature calculator)” software and the Spearman rank correlation to examine whether amphibians and reptiles followed nested subsets and their influencing factors. The results showed that amphibians and reptiles were significantly nested, and that the island area and habitat type were significantly associated with their nested ranks. Therefore, to effectively protect amphibians and reptiles in the Thousand Islands Lake area we should pay prior attention to islands with larger areas and more habitat types.

Keywords
Habitat fragmentation; Amphibians; Reptiles; Nestedness; Conservation strategies; Thousand Island Lake

 
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