This book brings together a selection of original studies submitted to Biodiversity and Conservation that address the conservation and biodiversity of vertebrates - particularly those in terrestrial habitats. Vertebrates are, along with plants, the best-known and most intensively studied components of biological diversity on Earth. While studies on vertebrates can be expected to provide models for other groups, they can also pose their own particular problems due to their relative mobility as in some migratory birds. In addition, many mammals and fish are also subject to extensive human exploitation for food or sport.
The contributions in this volume are drawn from a wide range of countries - from Australasia, East Africa, Europe, and North, Central and South America. Collectively they provide a snap-shot of the types of studies and actions being taken in vertebrate conservation - topical examples that will make the volume especially valuable for use in conservation biology courses.
Reprinted from Biodiversity and Conservation, volume 16:4 (2007)
1. Responses of plant and bird communities to prescribed burning in tallgrass prairies; F. van Dyke et al.- 2. Population trends and spatial synchrony in peripheral populations of the endangered Lesser grey shrike in response to environmental change; D. Giralt, F. Valera.- 3. Monitoring mammals in the Caxiuana National Forest, Brazil -- First results from the Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) program; S. de Souza Martins et al.- 4. Grassland versus non-grassland bird abundance and diversity in managed grasslands: local, landscape and regional scale effects; P. Batary et al.- 5. Biogeographic patterns of the East African coastal forest vertebrate fauna; E.T. Azeria et al.- 6. Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) on Guafo Island: the largest seabird colony in the world?; R. Reyes-Arriagada et al.- 7. Mexico in the international reptile skin trade: a case study; I. Arroyo-quiroz et al.- 8. Use of forest fragments by blue-winged macaws (Primolius maracana) within a fragmented landscape; M. Flavia Conti Nunes, M. Galetti.- 9. Commercialization and use of snakes in North and Northeastern Brazil: implications for conservation and management; R. Romeu da Nobrega Alves, G. Alves Pereira Filho.- 10. Philopatry, dispersal patterns and nest-site reuse in Lesser Grey Shrikes (Lanius minor); A. Kristin et al.- 11. Conservation biogeography of anurans in Brazilian Cerrado; J.A. Felizola Diniz-Filho et al.- 12. Avian responses to tourism in the biogeographically isolated high Cordoba Mountains, Argentina; L. Heil et al.- 13. Population decline of loggerhead turtles: two potential scenarios for Fethiye beach, Turkey; Aa. Ilgaz et al.- 14. Habitat use, roost selection and conservation of bats in Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar; A. Kofoky et al.- 15. Territoriality and survivorship of the Sierra Madre sparrow in La Cima, Mexico; A. Oliveras de Ita, H. Gomez de Silva.- 16. Analysis of the species description process for a little known invertebrate group: the limnoterrestrial tardigrades (Bilateria, Tardigrada); N. Guil, F.J. Cabrero-Sanudo.- 17. Environmental correlates for species richness among amphibians and reptiles in a climate transition area; C. Soares, J. Carlos Brito.- 18. Amphibian diversity in East African biodiversity hotspots: altitudinal and latitudinal patterns; J.C. Poynton et al.- 19. China subregional avian endemism and biodiversity conservation; F.-M. Lei et al.- 20. How resilient are Andean montane forest bird communities to habitat degradation?; N. O'Dea, R.J. Whittaker.- 21. Human and natural impacts on forests along lower Tana river, Kenya: implications towards conservation and management of endemic primate species and their habitat; N. Nthenya Moinde-Fockler et al.- 22. Fragmentation causes rarity in common marmosets in the Atlantic forest of northeastern Brazil; A.R. Mendes Pontes et al.- 23. Distribution, abundance, and habitat use of introduced Boa constrictor threatening the native biota of Cozumel Island, Mexico; I. Romero-Najera et al.- 24. Camera-trap studies of maned wolf density in the Cerrado and the Pantanal of Brazil; M. Trolle et al.- 25. Mammal survey at a ranch of the Brazilian Cerrado; M. Trolle et al.- 26. Surveying carnivores at large spatial scales: a comparison of four broad-applied methods; J.M. Barea-Azcon et al.- 27. Habitat and landscape factors associated with neotropical waterbird occurrence and richness in wetland fragments; D.L. Guadagnin, L. Maltchik.- 28. Livestock husbandry as a tool for carnivore conservation in Africa's community rangelands: a case--control study; R. Woodroffe et al.- 29. Comparison of funding and demand for the conservation of the charismatic koala with those for the critically endangered wombat Lasiorhinus krefftii; C. Tisdell, H. Swarna Nantha.- 30. Nest site selection in middle and great spotted woodpeckers Dendrocopos medius & D. major: implications for forest management and conservation; G. Pasinelli.- 31. An evaluation of the contribution of cultivated allspice (Pimenta Dioca) to vertebrate biodiversity conservation in Nicaragua; D.I. King et al.-