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Alien species as a driver of recent extinctions

Bellard, C; Cassey, P; Blackburn, TM; (2016) Alien species as a driver of recent extinctions. Biology Letters , 12 (2) , Article 20150623. 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0623. Green open access

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Abstract

We assessed the prevalence of alien species as a driver of recent extinctions in five major taxa (plants, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals), using data from the IUCN Red List. Our results show that alien species are the second most common threat associated with species that have gone completely extinct from these taxa since AD 1500. Aliens are the most common threat associated with extinctions in three of the five taxa analysed, and for vertebrate extinctions overall.

Type: Article
Title: Alien species as a driver of recent extinctions
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0623
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2015.0623
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 The Author(s). Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved.
Keywords: amphibian, bird, mammal, non-native species, plant, reptile
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Genetics, Evolution and Environment
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1474035
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