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title Amphibians in a human-altered wetland landscape: water matters, even when there is plenty
authors Torres, I; Matos, M; Alves, M; Fonseca, C; Ferreira, E
author full name Torres, Ines; Matos, Milena; Alves, Michelle; Fonseca, Carlos; Ferreira, Eduardo
title Amphibians in a human-altered wetland landscape: water matters, even when there is plenty
nationality internacional
language English
document type Article
author keywords Amphibians; anthropogenic habitats; conservation; Mediterranean wetlands; natural habitats; temporary water bodies
abstract Amphibians play an important role in ecosystems and are one of the most threatened taxa worldwide. In order to protect their populations, it is essential to understand the factors affecting their distribution, abundance and diversity. Baixo Vouga Lagunar is a heterogeneous, human-modified, coastal wetland in north-west Portugal, with seasonal or permanently flooded habitats. We characterised the patterns of distribution, abundance and diversity of amphibians and aimed to identify its environmental drivers. Species richness was best explained by distance to the nearest well, followed by presence of temporary water bodies. Distance to the nearest well was also the most important driver of the composition of local amphibian assemblages, followed by the distance to forested areas. Our results reflect the findings of other studies in the Mediterranean region that have revealed the importance of seasonally available habitats, and stress the need for conservation of natural as well as artificial water bodies and traditional agricultural practices which promote a mosaic of amphibian habitats.
author address [Torres, Ines; Matos, Milena; Alves, Michelle; Fonseca, Carlos; Ferreira, Eduardo] Univ Aveiro, Dept Biol, P-3810193 Aveiro, Portugal; [Torres, Ines; Matos, Milena; Alves, Michelle; Fonseca, Carlos; Ferreira, Eduardo] Univ Aveiro, CESAM, P-3810193 Aveiro, Portugal; [Alves, Michelle] Inst Fed Educ Ciencia & Tecnol, Cubatao, SP, Brazil
reprint address Ferreira, E (reprint author), Univ Aveiro, Dept Biol, P-3810193 Aveiro, Portugal.; Ferreira, E (reprint author), Univ Aveiro, CESAM, P-3810193 Aveiro, Portugal.
e-mail address elferreira@ua.pt
funding agency and grant number University of Aveiro (Department of Biology) - FEDER [UID/AMB/50017]; FCT/MEC - FEDER [UID/AMB/50017]; Camara Municipal de Estarreja; OHM Estarreja; Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia [SFRH/BPD/74071/2010, SFRH/BPD/72895/2010]
funding text We thank University of Aveiro (Department of Biology) and FCT/MEC for the financial support to CESAM RU (UID/AMB/50017) through national funds co-financed by the FEDER, within the PT2020 Partnership Agreement. We thank Camara Municipal de Estarreja and OHM Estarreja for logistical and financial support. We also thank Eduardo Mendes, Sara Marques, Rita Rocha and Victor Bandeira for helping in fieldwork; Daniela Maia for sorting and identifying the collected insects, and Joaquim Pedro Ferreira, Maria Joao Pereira and Rita Torres for their helpful suggestions on data analysis. We appreciate the very useful comments that were made by anonymous reviewers and by the Editor, Dr. Robert Jehle, which helped to improve our manuscript. We also acknowledge John O'Brien for carefully reading and proofreading this manuscript. Milena Matos and Eduardo Ferreira were supported by post-doc grants from Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia (SFRH/BPD/74071/2010 and SFRH/BPD/72895/2010, respectively). All animals were captured and handled according to Portuguese law (licenses 136/2011/CAPT and 100/2012/CAPT issued by ICNF - Institute for the Conservation of Nature and Forests).
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cited reference count 79
publisher city LONDON
issn 0268-0130
29-character source abbreviation HERPETOL J
iso source abbreviation Herpetolog. J.
publication date OCT
year published 2016
volume 26
issue 4
beginning page 277
ending page 286
page count 10
web of science category Zoology
subject category Zoology
document delivery number EI2OL
unique article identifier WOS:000392326900004
link http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/bhs/thj/2016/00000026/00000004/art00004