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Survey of endemic, native, and invasive vertebrates in the Sovi Basin, Fiji, 2003-2015

Naikatini, Alivereti N. and Thomas, Nunia T. and Boseto, David and Copeland, Lekima and Rounds, Isaac and Pene, Sarah and Tuiwawa, Marika and Morrison, Claire and Winder, Linton H. (2017) Survey of endemic, native, and invasive vertebrates in the Sovi Basin, Fiji, 2003-2015. Pacific Science, 71 (3). pp. 241-255. ISSN 0030-8870

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Abstract

The Sovi Basin is a site within the Pacific-Asia Biodiversity Transect (PABITRA) network. It is located in Naitasiri Province, Viti Levu, and represents the largest area of undisturbed lowland forest within the Fiji Islands. It is considered to be one of the most biologically diverse areas within the Polynesia-Micronesia biodiversity hot spot. Four intensive surveys conducted between 2003 and 2015 assessed vertebrate fauna within the Sovi Basin. The study confirmed the biological importance of the site when compared with other locations within Fiji: 85%, 50%, 39%, and 38% of the Viti Levu fauna of birds, mammals, herpetofauna, and ichthyofauna were recorded during the surveys, respectively. In addition to the rich native and endemic fauna, invasive species were recorded (mongoose, feral pigs, black rats, red-vented bulbuls, tilapia, and cane toads), the impact of which is completely unknown. Further monitoring and possible management of these invasive species is needed to ensure that the Sovi Basin is appropriately managed for nature conservation. In addition, emerging threats such as a proposed mining scheme and agricultural activities are discussed in relation to the ecological integrity of the site for conservation purposes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > Institute of Applied Science
Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2019 12:00
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2019 12:00
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/11490
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