Eradications as reverse invasions: lessons from Pacific rat (Rattus exulans) removals on New Zealand islands

@article{Towns2008EradicationsAR,
  title={Eradications as reverse invasions: lessons from Pacific rat (Rattus exulans) removals on New Zealand islands},
  author={D. Towns},
  journal={Biological Invasions},
  year={2008},
  volume={11},
  pages={1719-1733}
}
  • D. Towns
  • Published 2008
  • Biology
  • Biological Invasions
  • Eradications of kiore or Pacific rats (Rattus exulans) from islands around New Zealand have been followed by responses from resident species of coastal plants, invertebrates, reptiles and seabirds. These responses are compared with an invasion by ship rats (Rattus rattus), which devastated populations of invertebrates, birds and bats. Post-eradication responses only approximate the effects of invasions because recovery is limited to the residual pool of native species. Greater effects of kiore… CONTINUE READING
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