Habitat fragmentation may not matter to species diversity

Gal Yaacobi, Yaron Ziv, Michael L. Rosenzweig

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Abstract

Conservation biologists worry that fragmenting a bloc of natural habitat might reduce its species diversity. However, they also recognize the difficulty and importance of isolating the effect of fragmentation from that of simple loss of area. Using two different methods (species-area curve and Fisher's α index of diversity) to analyse the species diversities of plants, tenebrionid beetles and carabid beetles in a highly fragmented Mediterranean scrub landscape, we decoupled the effect of degree of fragmentation from that of area loss. In this system, fragmentation by itself seems not to have influenced the number of species. Our results, obtained at the scale of hectares, agree with similar results at island and continent scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2409-2412
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Volume274
Issue number1624
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 7 2007

Keywords

  • Carabidae
  • Fisher's alpha
  • Habitat loss
  • Island biogeography
  • Species area curves
  • Tenebrionidae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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