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The Introduced and Native Terrestrial Vertebrates of Fiji

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Item Summary Pernetta, John C. Watling, Dick 2008-05-08T02:34:12Z 2008-05-08T02:34:12Z 1978-07
dc.identifier.citation Pernetta JC, Watling D. 1978. The introduced and native terrestrial vertebrates of Fiji. Pac Sci 32(3): 223-244.
dc.identifier.issn 0030-8870
dc.description.abstract A complete list of native and introduced Fijian terrestrial vertebrates has been compiled that includes a number of previously unrecorded reptiles. An analysis has been made of the habitat distribution of most species. The past and present status of the various native vertebrates is examined, and the impact of post-European vertebrate introductions on the indigenous and endemic fauna is assessed in the light of current knowledge. It is concluded that the success of certain introduced bird species is due in part to their close association with human-modified habitats, while the native species are primarily adapted to a forest environment. Although the introduced mongoose may be implicated in the decline of some native vertebrate species, its effect may be less important than previously stated and is certainly less than the effect of native habitat destruction and environmental modification by humans.
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii Press
dc.title The Introduced and Native Terrestrial Vertebrates of Fiji
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 32, Number 3, 1978

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