Habitat Preference and Management of a Chinese Pond Turtle Population Protected by the Demilitarized Kinmen Islands

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標題Habitat Preference and Management of a Chinese Pond Turtle Population Protected by the Demilitarized Kinmen Islands
出版類型SCI(Sciences Citation Index)
出版年度2015
AuthorsLin Si-Min, 林思民, Lee Yu 李昱, Chen Tien-Hsi 陳添喜, & Lin Jhan-Wei 林展尉
開始頁399
頁數5
出版日期2015 / 9
其他編號0000
中文摘要

Demilitarized zones may aid in the protection of endangered wildlife. We compared relative abundance of the endangered Chinese Pond Turtle (Mauremys reevesii) among water bodies on the Kinmen Islands, a recently demilitarized zone between Taiwan and China. Vegetation and wildlife on the two islands, located 2 km from the Chinese coastline, were degraded by bombardment and military occupation between 1958 and early 2000s. However, natural habitats gradually recovered after military forces withdrew. More than 100 ponds, mostly produced during the occupation to provide freshwater for the soldiers, are now abandoned and provide habitat for aquatic turtles. We sampled 41 ponds and found that presence of M. reevesii was tightly associated with vegetation coverage around the pond, whereas its relative abundance was associated with aquatic vegetation and distance from roads. Comprehensive protection and management of this species should consider both vegetation coverage and road effects in certain vulnerable areas where establishment of a natural reserve might be considered.

期刊名稱Journal of Herpetology
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