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Island biogeography: The forest birds of Andaman Island as case study
Tigerpaper: United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization's (UN-FAO) Regional Asia Pacific (RAP) Journal (2006)
  • Mohammed Ashraf
Abstract
Hypothesis (Boecklen, 1986) is that habitat diversity significantly influences the species richness when area is factored out. This hypothesis has highly influenced conservation practices, where the relative merits of large vs. small reserves are contested based on the interpretations of island biogeographic theory (Wilson & Willis, 1975). However, in most cases the effects of area and habitat diversity are closely related and often influence each other directly or indirectly. Recent work has shown that habitat diversity and availability of particular habitat types might be important in determining the species richness of Agean land snails (Welter-Schultes & Williams, 1999). The Andaman Islands, which lie off the coast of S.E. Asia in the Bay of Bengal provide a natural laboratory for testing the island biogeographical theory in relation to the effects of area, habitat diversity and habitat types on the species richness of forest birds.

Keywords
  • Island Biogeography,
  • Ecology,
  • Andaman Island,
  • Biogeoghaphy,
  • Conservation Science,
  • Forest Birds,
  • Tropical Forest,
  • Rain Forest,
  • South Asia,
  • Tropical Island
Publication Date
Winter 2006
Citation Information
Mohammed Ashraf. "Island biogeography: The forest birds of Andaman Island as case study" Tigerpaper: United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization's (UN-FAO) Regional Asia Pacific (RAP) Journal (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/biocentrism/10/