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Resistance of mammal assemblage structure to dryland salinity in a fragmented landscape

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Carver, SS, Resistance of mammal assemblage structure to dryland salinity in a fragmented landscape, Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 93 pp. 119-128. ISSN 0035-922X (2010) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2010 Royal Society of Western Australia

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Abstract

The impact of secondary environmental disturbance on native mammals is rarely considered. What little evidence exists, suggests that native mammal assemblages are resistant to secondary impacts. The Wheatbelt of Western Australia (WA) is a large fragmented region, resulting from historic land clearing for agriculture. Dryland salinity is a secondary environmental disturbance occurring in the Wheatbelt, as a result of land clearing, caused by rising groundwater tables and mobilisation of regolith salt to the soil surface. I used trapping and transect surveys to assess how the abundance of non-volant native, invasive and agricultural mammals related to salinity and other environmental attributes. I found support for the hypothesis that native mammals are resistant to the effects of compounding environmental change. I also found that abundance of introduced mammals were unrelated to salinity, except sheep Ovis aries (Linnaeus 1758, Bovidae, which exhibited reduced abundance in saline areas, relating to pasture availability. Instead, individual and assemblages of mammals exhibited associations with other environmental factors,which is consistent with other studies. Findings here support other studies which indicate native mammals that survive primary environmental change are resistant to further impacts. Resistance of native mammals to secondary environmental impacts may be a widespread phenomenon.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Community Ecology
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments
Author:Carver, SS (Dr Scott Carver)
ID Code:80280
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2012-10-26
Last Modified:2017-01-24
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