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The release of captive bred snails (Partula taeniata) into a semi- natural environment

Pearce-Kelly, P; Mace, GM; Clarke, D; (1995) The release of captive bred snails (Partula taeniata) into a semi- natural environment. Biodiversity & Conservation , 4 (6) 645 - 663.

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Abstract

A population of zoo bred P. taeniata was released into a patch of native Polynesian plants in the Palm House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, UK. The release snails were from a colony established from wild-caught snails in 1982, which had been in captive conditions for up to six generations. There was high survivorship early on in the release, but once the intensive monitoring ended survivorship became hard to determine due to difficulties in locating snails in the large and complex habitat. The snails exhibited patterns of feeding and microhabitat choice similar to those observed in the wild, despite being reared in a highly artificial environment. The methods and results provide some guidelines for future release trials. -from Authors

Type:Article
Title:The release of captive bred snails (Partula taeniata) into a semi- natural environment
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Biosciences (Division of) > Genetics, Evolution and Environment

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