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Biological determinants of extinction risk: why are smaller species less vulnerable?

Cardillo, Marcel


It is becoming increasingly clear that species of smaller body size tend to be less vulnerable to contemporary extinction threats than larger species, but few studies have examined the mechanisms underlying this pattern. In this paper, data for the Australian terrestrial mammal fauna are used to ask whether higher reproductive output or smaller home ranges can explain the reduced extinction risk of smaller species. Extinct and endangered species do indeed have smaller litters and larger home...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Conservation
DOI: 10.1017/S1367943003003093


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