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title Trends in the extinction of carnivores in Madagascar
authors Cartagena-Matos, B; Gregorio, I; Morais, M; Ferreira, E
author full name Cartagena-Matos, B.; Gregorio, I.; Morais, M.; Ferreira, E.
title Trends in the extinction of carnivores in Madagascar
nationality internacional
language English
document type Article
author keywords Eupleridae; Endemism; Biodiversity loss; Human impacts; Deforestation; Interspecific competition
abstract Trends in the extinction of carnivores in Madagascar.-The extinction of top predators, such as mammalian carnivores can lead to dramatic changes in foodweb structure and ecosystem dynamics. Since all native Malagasy terrestrial mammalian carnivores are endemic, their extinction implies a significant loss of biodiversity in Madagascar. Here we review the literature on Madagascar's mammalian carnivores, aiming to determine which species are most likely to become extinct in the near future in view of the factors threatening their survival. We scored each factor according to its impact on the species. According to our results, the giant-striped mongoose, Galidictis grandidieri, is the most likely species to next become extinct. This is no surprise because this species is considered one of the rarest carnivores in the world, inhabiting only a small, threatened forest ecosystem. Our results emphasize the need for robust data about each species to help and support decision-makers implement conservation measures.
author address [Cartagena-Matos, B.; Gregorio, I.; Morais, M.; Ferreira, E.] Univ Aveiro, Dept Biol, Campus Univ Santiago, P-3810193 Aveiro, Portugal; [Ferreira, E.] Univ Aveiro, CESAM, P-3810193 Aveiro, Portugal
reprint address Cartagena-Matos, B (reprint author), Univ Aveiro, Dept Biol, Campus Univ Santiago, P-3810193 Aveiro, Portugal.
e-mail address barbara.cartagena.matos@gmail.com
funding agency and grant number FCT (Program POPHQREN) [SFRH/BPD/72895/2010]; University of Aveiro (Department of Biology); FCT/MEC [UID/AMB/50017]; FEDER, within the PT2020 Partnership Agreement
funding text We thank Professors Dr. Jorge Medina and Dr. Carlos Fonseca for their support. We also thank the IUCN Red List for data on species distributions. Co-author Eduardo Ferreira was supported by a post-doctoral grant from FCT (Program POPHQREN, ref: SFRH/BPD/72895/2010). We would like to thank University of Aveiro (Department of Biology) and FCT/MEC for the financial support to CESAM RU (UID/AMB/50017) through national funds and, where applicable, co-financed by the FEDER, within the PT2020 Partnership Agreement.
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cited reference count 53
publisher city BARCELONA
issn 1578-665X
29-character source abbreviation ANIM BIODIV CONSERV
iso source abbreviation Anim. Biodivers. Conserv.
year published 2017
volume 40
issue 1
beginning page 103
ending page 114
page count 12
web of science category Biodiversity Conservation
subject category Biodiversity & Conservation
document delivery number ER2BV
unique article identifier WOS:000398599800011
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