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Ecosystem engineering by deep-nesting monitor lizards

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Doody, J. S., Soennichsen, K. F., James, H., McHenry, C. and Clulow, S. (2021) Ecosystem engineering by deep-nesting monitor lizards. Ecology, 102 (4). e03271. ISSN 0012-9658

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.3271

Publisher URL: https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ecy.3271


As the current biodiversity crisis approaches levels comparable to the rates of the five historical mass extinctions, increasing attention has focused on how to stop or slow species loss and preserve ecosystem function. The impact of the loss of an individual species on communities and ecosystems is heterogeneous, however. Removing some species has negligible effects while the removal of others can be catastrophic. Metaphorically, the scenario can be likened to Jenga, a popular block-balancing game in which players build a tower of wooden pieces, analogous to a dynamic ecosystem (de Ruiter et al. 2005).

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Subjects:Science > Biology > Ecology
Science > Zoology > Chordates. Vertebrates > Reptiles and amphibians
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural ecology (General)
Animal culture > Reptiles
Live Archive:12 Jan 2021 06:50
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:46

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