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, LJ
dc.contributor.author Murray, BR
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-12T03:33:32Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05
dc.identifier.citation Biological Reviews, 2011, 86 (2), pp. 407 - 419
dc.identifier.issn 1464-7931
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 world'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. The framework presented here and further testing of predictions will provide a basis for informing and prioritising environmental management and exotic plant control efforts. © 2010 The Authors. Biological Reviews © 2010 Cambridge Philosophical Society.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1111/j.1469-185X.2010.00152.x
dc.title A predictive framework and review of the ecological impacts of exotic plant invasions on reptiles and amphibians
dc.type Journal Article
dc.description.version Published
dc.parent Biological Reviews
dc.journal.volume 2
dc.journal.volume 86
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 0602 Ecology
dc.personcode 010046
dc.personcode 106719
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
dc.description.keywords Conservation
dc.description.keywords Ecological impacts
dc.description.keywords Exotic plants
dc.description.keywords Herpetofauna
dc.description.keywords Invasion
dc.description.keywords Life-history traits
dc.description.keywords Reptiles
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Science
utslib.copyright.status Open Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10
pubs.consider-herdc true
utslib.collection.history School of the Environment (ID: 344)
utslib.collection.history General (ID: 2)

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