Herpetofauna and bat monitoring at three Fiji sites in the Pacific-Asia Biodiversity Transect (PABITRA)

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Title Herpetofauna and bat monitoring at three Fiji sites in the Pacific-Asia Biodiversity Transect (PABITRA)
Author Morrison, Clare; Naikatini, Alifereti
Journal Name Micronesica
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Guam
Publisher University of Guam Press
Abstract Herpetofauna and bats are two important indicator taxa in Fiji’s forests. Herpetofauna (especially frogs) are good indicators of riparian forest health and the presence of introduced predator species while bats are excellent indicators of the forest tree diversity and general forest disturbance. Despite these important roles, prior to 2006 the monitoring of these two taxonomic groups had remained largely qualitative in Fiji PABITRA sites. The reasons for this were primarily due to very low abundances, making quantitative surveys largely cost and time-ineffective (reptiles) and the low survey effort (bats), resulting in incomplete baseline information. In total two frog species, eight reptiles and three bats have been found in three Fiji PABITRA sites on Viti Levu (Savura Reserve, Sovi Basin and Wabu Reserve). Sufficient information has now been collected to determine the optimal methods to begin quantitatively monitoring populations of these taxonomic groups in future surveys.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.uog.edu/up/micronesica/Vol40abstracts.asp
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Volume 40
Issue Number 1/2
Page from 131
Page to 137
ISSN 0026-279X
Date Accessioned 2011-01-20
Language en_US
Research Centre International Centre for Ecotourism Research
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Environmental Monitoring
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/38471
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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