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Endemic species predation by the introduced smooth-billed ani in Galápagos

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Cooke, Sophia C. ; Anchundia, David ; Caton, Emma ; Haskell, Lucy E. ; Jäger, Heinke ; Kalki, Yatindra ; Mollá, Óscar ; Rodríguez, Jacqueline ; Schramer, Tristan D. ; Walentowitz, Anna J. ; Fessl, Birgit:
Endemic species predation by the introduced smooth-billed ani in Galápagos.
In: Biological Invasions. Vol. 22 (2020) Issue 7 . - pp. 2113-2120.
ISSN 1573-1464
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-020-02251-3

Abstract in another language

The introduced smooth-billed ani Crotophaga ani has become widespread across the Galápagos archipelago in the past half-century. It is known to predate upon a range of native and endemic species, and is a potential vector for the spread of invasive plants and parasites. Here we report previously undocumented examples of smooth-billed ani predation in Galápagos, including that of an endemic racer snake and a scorpion. We highlight the possibility of smooth-billed anis having a serious impact on the endemic Galápagos carpenter bee, a major pollinator, as well as native and endemic Lepidopterans and other invertebrates. In addition, we report smooth-billed ani predation of other introduced species and note the importance of further research on the wide-scale impacts of smooth-billed anis in Galápagos and their role within the archipelago’s ecological networks.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Invasive species; Alien bird species; Island invasions; Impacts of introduced species; Endemic species
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Biogeography
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Biogeography > Chair Biogeography - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Carl Beierkuhnlein
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Graduate Schools
Graduate Schools > Elite Network Bavaria
Graduate Schools > Elite Network Bavaria > Global Change Ecology
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 550 Earth sciences, geology
500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2022 06:54
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2022 06:54
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/70556