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Evaluation of local ecological knowledge as a method for collecting extensive data on animal abundance.
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The results should further the use of LEK as a standard tool for sampling the quantitative abundance of a great variety of taxa, particularly when population densities are low and traditional sampling methods are expensive or difficult to implement.
Conservational status and demographic characteristics of Patella ferruginea Gmelin, 1791 (Mollusca, Gastropoda) on the Alboran Island (Western Mediterranean)
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Over the study period, systematic census were made on the perimeter of the Alboran Island with the object to quantify the abundance of the species in the locality, as well as their external biometry and spatial distribution, and the presence of a probable reproductive population of P. ferruginea was found.
Conservation Genetics of Cicindela Deserticoloides, an Endangered Tiger Beetle Endemic to Southeastern Spain
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DNA sequencing of some 1896 base pairs of mitochondrial DNA for one specimen each from three populations revealed only a single base pair change confined to a single of the three specimens, thus indicating an extremely low level of differentiation when compared to similar populations of Cicindela (s.l.) elsewhere.
What is wrong with current translocations? A review and a decision‐making proposal
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A hierarchical decision-making system is proposed – an explicit method that integrates existing guidelines, thereby covering a key gap in conservation science – to reduce ambiguity when deciding whether to implement a given translocation project.
Factors determining the distribution of the spur‐thighed tortoise Testudo graeca in south‐east spain: a hierarchical approach
This work represents the first attempt to model the habitat-species relationships of a species of terrestrial tortoise on a large scale. We applied hierarchical variance partition methodology to
Non-commercial collection of spur-thighed tortoises (Testudo graeca graeca): a cultural problem in southeast Spain
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It is suggested that environmental education programmes are necessary to reduce casual collection and to change the social perception of tortoises as pets and a critical review of the conservation strategies developed in relation to this threat (trade control and re-introduction programmes) are presented.
Coexisting with fire: The case of the terrestrial tortoise Testudo graeca in mediterranean shrublands
Fire and fire management are recognized as important factors in biodiversity conservation. Measuring species-level demographic, behavioural and population responses to different fire regimes is
Linking local ecological knowledge and habitat modelling to predict absolute species abundance on large scales
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The results show that reliable habitat-based predictive maps of absolute species abundance on regional scales can be obtained starting from low cost sampling methods of relative abundance, such as LEK, and its calibration.
Breeding waterbirds in relation to artificial pond attributes: implications for the design of irrigation facilities
The growth of inter-basin water transfers and the development of new irrigation facilities in southeastern Spain are responsible for a variety of ecological impacts. In spite of this, the
Molecular Detection of Hemolivia (Apicomplexa: Haemogregarinidae) from Ticks of North African Testudo graeca (Testudines: Testudinidae) and an Estimation of Their Phylogenetic Relationships Using 18S
ABSTRACT: Hemolivia mauritanica is an apicomplexan parasite infecting the tortoises Testudo graeca and Testudo marginata as the intermediate vertebrate host, and the tick Hyalomma aegyptium as the
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