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Evaluating Multispecies Landscape Connectivity in a Threatened Tropical Mammal Community

Brodie, Jedediah F., Giordano, Anthony J., Dickson, Brett, Hebblewhite, Mark, Bernard, Henry, Mohd-Azlan, Jayasilan, Anderson, Jesse and Ambu, Laurentius (2015). Evaluating Multispecies Landscape Connectivity in a Threatened Tropical Mammal Community. Conservation Biology,29(1):122-132.

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Title Evaluating Multispecies Landscape Connectivity in a Threatened Tropical Mammal Community
Author Brodie, Jedediah F.
Giordano, Anthony J.
Dickson, Brett
Hebblewhite, Mark
Bernard, Henry
Mohd-Azlan, Jayasilan
Anderson, Jesse
Ambu, Laurentius
Journal Name Conservation Biology
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 29
Issue Number 1
ISSN 0888-8892   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84921436733
Start Page 122
End Page 132
Total Pages 11
Place of Publication United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Field of Research 0502 - Environmental Science and Management
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Habitat corridors are important tools for maintaining connectivity in increasingly fragmented landscapes, but generally they have been considered in single-species approaches. Corridors intended to facilitate the movement of multiple species could increase persistence of entire communities, but at the likely cost of being less efficient for any given species than a corridor intended specifically for that species. There have been few tests of the trade-offs between single- and multispecies corridor approaches. We assessed single-species and multispecies habitat corridors for 5 threatened mammal species in tropical forests of Borneo. We generated maps of the cost of movement across the landscape for each species based on the species’ local abundance as estimated through hierarchical modeling of camera-trap data with biophysical and anthropogenic covariates. Elevation influenced local abundance of banded civets (Hemigalus derbyanus) and sun bears (Helarctos malayanus). Increased road density was associated with lower local abundance of Sunda clouded leopards (Neofelis diardi) and higher local abundance of sambar deer (Rusa unicolor). Pig-tailed macaque (Macaca nemestrina) local abundance was lower in recently logged areas. An all-species-combined connectivity scenario with least-cost paths and 1 km buffers generated total movement costs that were 27% and 23% higher for banded civets and clouded leopards, respectively, than the connectivity scenarios for those species individually. A carnivore multispecies connectivity scenario, however, increased movement cost by 2% for banded civets and clouded leopards. Likewise, an herbivore multispecies scenario provided more effective connectivity than the all-species-combined scenario for sambar and macaques. We suggest that multispecies habitat connectivity plans be tailored to groups of ecologically similar, disturbance-sensitive species to maximize their effectiveness.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12337   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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