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The Introduced and Native Terrestrial Vertebrates of Fiji

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Title:The Introduced and Native Terrestrial Vertebrates of Fiji
Authors:Pernetta, John C.
Watling, Dick
Date Issued:Jul 1978
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Pernetta JC, Watling D. 1978. The introduced and native terrestrial vertebrates of Fiji. Pac Sci 32(3): 223-244.
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.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 32, Number 3, 1978

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