Interspecific competition between alien Pallas’s squirrels and Eurasian red squirrels reduces density of the native species

@article{Mazzamuto2016InterspecificCB,
  title={Interspecific competition between alien Pallas’s squirrels and Eurasian red squirrels reduces density of the native species},
  author={Maria Vittoria Mazzamuto and Francesco Bisi and Lucas Armand Wauters and Damiano G. Preatoni and Adriano Martinoli},
  journal={Biological Invasions},
  year={2016},
  volume={19},
  pages={723-735}
}
When alien species introduced into a new environment have a strong niche overlap with ecologically similar native species, interspecific competition can cause a decrease in abundance and distribution of native species. Pallas’s squirrel (Callosciurus erythraeus) was introduced in Northern Italy where it currently co-occurs with native Eurasian red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris). The alien species is known for its invasiveness but so far negative effects of Pallas’s squirrels on native tree… CONTINUE READING

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