European Journal of Wildlife Research

, Volume 57, Issue 1, pp 195–199

Lizard assemblages in a fragmented landscape of central Chile

Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s10344-010-0434-5

Cite this article as:
Rubio, A.V. & Simonetti, J.A. Eur J Wildl Res (2011) 57: 195. doi:10.1007/s10344-010-0434-5
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Abstract

We studied lizard assemblages assessing abundance, richness, and nestedness in a fragmented landscape of central Chile including native temperate forest, forest fragments, and commercial pine plantations. Fragmentation and plantations increase the availability of edge habitats triggering both the support of additional lizard species, absent at the continuous forest, and the nestedness of lizard assemblages, where interior habitats of forest and plantations are nested subsets of habitat edges. A vulnerable lizard (Liolaemus tenuis) thrives at fragments in abundance similar to the continuous forest. Therefore, remnants ought to be considered in the conservation of lizard assemblages.

Keywords

ChileFragmentationLiolaemus lizardsMaulino temperate forest

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Ciencias Ecológicas, Facultad de CienciasUniversidad de ChileSantiagoChile