Experimental Release of Endemic Partula Species, Extinct in the Wild, into a Protected Area of NaturaI Habitat on Moorea

dc.contributor.author Coote, Trevor en_US
dc.contributor.author Clarke, Dave en_US
dc.contributor.author Hickman, Carole S. en_US
dc.contributor.author Murray, James en_US
dc.contributor.author Pearce-Kelly, Paul en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-10-06T07:36:25Z
dc.date.available 2008-10-06T07:36:25Z
dc.date.issued 2004-07 en_US
dc.description.abstract Extinction of tree snails of the genus Partula on Moorea, following introduction of the predatory snail Euglandina rosea, has challenged conservation biology during years of successive captive breeding of small rescued populations. An experimental release of three Partula species into a predator-proof patch of native forest on Moorea was designed to test effectiveness of physical and chemical methods of predator exclusion and to evaluate behavior of animals bred for up to six generations in highly artificial environments. At the close of the experimental release, there had been multiple incursions of E. rosea, and too few Partula spp. remained to assess effects of captive breeding on ecological responses. However, results demonstrated the effectiveness of the exclosure under ideal maintenance and monitoring. Captive breeding methods were validated by reproduction and growth to sexual maturity in the wild as well as retention of genetic variability in the form of persistent color polymorphism in one species. en_US
dc.identifier.citation Coote T, Clarke D, Hickman CS, Murray J, Pearce-Kelly P. 2004. Experimental release of endemic partula species, extinct in the wild, into a protected area of natural habitat on Moorea. Pac Sci 58(3): 429-434. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0030-8870 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/2754
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press en_US
dc.title Experimental Release of Endemic Partula Species, Extinct in the Wild, into a Protected Area of NaturaI Habitat on Moorea en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
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