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Influence of adaptive capacity on the outcome of climate change vulnerability assessment
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It is shown that membership within three vulnerability categories generally remained similar regardless of the framework or scoring scheme, and that for the species included in this study, the framework and scoring scheme used had little impact on the identification of the most vulnerable species.
Herpetofauna under threat: A study of Kogyae Strict Nature Reserve, Ghana
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The main threats to the herpetofaunal species of the study area include habitat destruction due to annual bushfires and killing of large reptiles like the monitors as well as snakes.
Combining dispersal, landscape connectivity and habitat suitability to assess climate-induced changes in the distribution of Cunningham’s skink, Egernia cunninghami
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Combining Maxent output with the dispersal rate of the species and connectivity of the intervening landscape matrix showed that most current populations in regions projected to become unsuitable in the medium to long term, will be unable to shift the distance necessary to reach suitable habitat.
Urban green area provides refuge for native small mammal biodiversity in a rapidly expanding city in Ghana
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The results suggest that urbanization negatively influenced the abundance, diversity, and community composition of small mammals and efforts should be directed towards the integration of urban green areas into urban land development planning in developing countries in order to conserve local wildlife and ecological services that enhance the quality of urban life.
The secondary impact of mining on primates and other medium to large mammals in forest reserves in southwestern Ghana
Abstract The upsurge of mining in Africa promises substantial economic development opportunities, but poses serious threats to the continent’s natural environment and rich biodiversity. We assessed
Impact of mining and forest regeneration on small mammal biodiversity in the Western Region of Ghana
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The data suggested negative effects of mining on small mammal diversity and the restoration of species diversity and important ecological processes after rehabilitation of altered habitats, and strongly encourage deliberate conservation efforts.
Cunningham's skinks show low genetic connectivity and signatures of divergent selection across its distribution
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It is suggested that the natural movement rate of this species is insufficient to keep pace with spatial shifts to its climate envelope, irrespective of habitat availability, and the finding of localized adaptation highlights the risk of outbreeding depression should the translocation of individuals be adopted as a conservation management strategy.
Diet composition, body condition and sexual size dimorphism of the common African toad (Amietophrynus regularis) in urban and agricultural landscape
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This study is probably the first to assess the diet composition, body condition and sexual size dimorphism of Amietophrynus regularis simultaneously, and found no sex- or habitat-biased dietary partitioning in the toads.
Spatio-temporal variation in small mammal species richness, relative abundance and body mass reveal changes in a coastal wetland ecosystem in Ghana
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Assessment of small mammal species richness, relative abundance and body mass in three habitats at the Muni-Pomadze Ramsar site of Ghana and compare these to baseline data gathered in 1997 suggest changes in the wetland ecosystem.
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