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Shrew species diversity and abundance in Ziama biosphere reserve, Guinea: comparison among primary forest, degraded forest and restoration plots.

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The aim of our study was to compare the shrew community diversity and structure in gradients of tropical forest degradation and restoration. Four plots within each of six habitats of the Ziama Biosphere Reserve were surveyed, including primary forest, secondary forest, cultivated fields, recently (less than 3 years) abandoned fields, young (10–12 years) forest restoration plots, and old (34 years) restoration plots. From August to November 2003, we pitfall-trapped 2,509 shrews representing 11 species. Shrew species richness and composition was similar in the six habitat surveyed, while shrew species abundance varied between habitats. Canopy height and cover, density of stems and trees and understorey density were shown to constitute important parameters influencing the abundance of several shrew species. After clear-cutting, restoration of key attributes of the forest vegetation structure was possible in 10–34 years, either by natural regeneration or by planting of seedlings. The relative abundance of most shrew species was similar between restoring forest (i.e., young restoration plots or fallows) and primary forest. Considering the advantages and disadvantages of these two methods of forest restoration, one of the most suitable management practices to restore forest while preserving shrew biodiversity could be to perform an alternation of native seedling plantation lines and fallows.

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hal-00419454 , version 1 (23-09-2009)

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Violaine Nicolas, Patrick Barriere, Audrey Tapiero, Marc Colyn. Shrew species diversity and abundance in Ziama biosphere reserve, Guinea: comparison among primary forest, degraded forest and restoration plots.. Biodiversity and Conservation, 2009, 18 (8), pp.2043-2061. ⟨10.1007/s10531-008-9572-4⟩. ⟨hal-00419454⟩
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