Independent effects of habitat loss, habitat fragmentation and structural connectivity on forest‐dependent birds

  title={Independent effects of habitat loss, habitat fragmentation and structural connectivity on forest‐dependent birds},
  author={Alessio Mortelliti and Stefano Fagiani and Corrado Battisti and Dario Capizzi and Luigi Boitani},
  journal={Diversity and Distributions},
Aim  Habitat loss and fragmentation are amongst the greatest threats to biodiversity world‐wide. However, there is still little evidence on the relative influence of these two distinct processes on biodiversity, and no study, to date, has investigated the independent contribution of structural connectivity in addition to habitat loss and fragmentation. The aim of this study is to evaluate the independent effects of habitat loss (the decrease in total amount of habitat), habitat fragmentation… 

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