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Terrestrial Biodiversity of the Austral Islands, French Polynesia

Series: Collection Patrimoines Naturels Volume: 72

By: Jean-Yves Meyer (Editor), Elin M Claridge (Editor)

220 pages, colour photos, b/w illustrations, b/w maps, colour tables

Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle

Paperback | Feb 2015 | #220922 | ISBN-13: 9782856537619
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £20.99 $26/€24 approx

About this book

Language: English

As part of a larger research program aiming to inventory and evaluate the terrestrial biodiversity of French Polynesia, a series of multidisciplinary scientific expeditions were conducted in 2002, 2003, and 2004 to the five inhabited Austral Islands – Raivavae, Rapa, Rimatara, Rurutu, and Tubuai – at the southernmost tip of this French group. Terrestrial Biodiversity of the Austral Islands, French Polynesia contains the findings of those expeditions.

The primary goals of these studies were to: identify and characterize the Austral Islands' terrestrial and freshwater native habitats, in order to assess their conservation status; to localize the natural areas of high ecological value; to conduct exhaustive inventories of native and alien vascular plant species and animals (mainly birds, mollusks, insects, and other arthropods); to estimate the distribution and abundance of threatened species and assess their conservation status; to identify past and current threats to species and their habitats; to study the dynamics and evolution of the terrestrial biota compared with historic data; and to propose recommendations for biodiversity conservation and natural resource management. Taken as a whole, the obtained results have greatly improved our knowledge of the ecology, biogeography, and evolutionary and conservation biology of the Austral Islands terrestrial biota.

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