DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1141.2012.05439

Zoological Research (动物学研究) 2012/33:5 PP.439-446

Nested species subsets of amphibians and reptiles in Thousand Island Lake

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.

Key words:Habitat fragmentation,Amphibians,Reptiles,Nestedness,Conservation strategies,Thousand Island Lake

ReleaseDate:2014-07-21 16:32:13

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