Ecological trap for desert lizards caused by anthropogenic changes in habitat structure that favor predator activity.

  title={Ecological trap for desert lizards caused by anthropogenic changes in habitat structure that favor predator activity.},
  author={Dror Hawlena and David Saltz and Zvika Abramsky and Amos Bouskila},
  journal={Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology},
  volume={24 3},
Anthropogenic habitat perturbation is a major cause of population decline. A standard practice managers use to protect populations is to leave portions of natural habitat intact. We describe a case study in which, despite the use of this practice, the critically endangered lizard Acanthodactylus beershebensis was locally extirpated from both manipulated and natural patches within a mosaic landscape of an afforestation project. We hypothesized that increased structural complexity in planted… CONTINUE READING

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