Naturwissenschaften

, Volume 101, Issue 7, pp 599–602

How forest marsupials are affected by habitat degradation and fragmentation? A meta-analysis

  • Francisco E. Fontúrbel
  • Alina B. Candia
  • Daniela A. Salazar
  • Javiera Malebrán
  • Catalina González-Browne
  • Carezza Botto-Mahan
Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s00114-014-1193-z

Cite this article as:
Fontúrbel, F.E., Candia, A.B., Salazar, D.A. et al. Naturwissenschaften (2014) 101: 599. doi:10.1007/s00114-014-1193-z

Abstract

Habitat fragmentation and degradation are important biodiversity change drivers worldwide. Their effects have been described for many animal groups, but little is known about marsupials. We conducted a meta-analysis aiming to evaluate the actual effects of habitat fragmentation and degradation on forest marsupials. From a literature survey, we obtained 85 case studies reporting disturbance comparisons. We found a negative overall effect, as well as a negative effect for habitat fragmentation, but not for habitat degradation. Marsupials from Oceania were negatively affected by habitat disturbance, whereas there was no effect for those from South America. Arboreal marsupials were negatively affected, whereas terrestrial marsupials did not. Species from the families Dasyuridae (Antechinus spp.) and Microbiotheriidae (Dromiciops gliroides) showed to be sensitive to habitat disturbance.

Keywords

Arboreal marsupials Australia Conservation priority South America 

Supplementary material

114_2014_1193_MOESM1_ESM.doc (162 kb)
Table S1(DOC 161 kb)

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisco E. Fontúrbel
    • 1
  • Alina B. Candia
    • 1
  • Daniela A. Salazar
    • 1
  • Javiera Malebrán
    • 1
  • Catalina González-Browne
    • 1
  • Carezza Botto-Mahan
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Ciencias Ecológicas, Facultad de CienciasUniversidad de ChileSantiagoChile

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