On vegetation recovery, goats and giant tortoises on Pinta Island, Galápagos, Ecuador

@article{Hamann2004OnVR,
  title={On vegetation recovery, goats and giant tortoises on Pinta Island, Gal{\'a}pagos, Ecuador},
  author={Ole Hamann},
  journal={Biodiversity & Conservation},
  year={2004},
  volume={2},
  pages={138-151}
}
Data on vegetational changes on Pinta Island, Galápagos, collected during the period 1970–1988, show that feral goats have had a destructive impact on the vegetation. Stands of Scalesia baurii ssp. hopkinsii (Asteraceae) and Opuntia galapageia var. galapageia (Cactaceae) were close to a complete collapse, while stands of Bursera graveolens (Burseraceae) apparently were able to persist for a longer time. After the elimination of large numbers of goats, Scalesia, Opuntia and Bursera were… CONTINUE READING

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