The conservation value of human-modified landscapes for the world's primates

Galán-Acedo, Carmen, Arroyo-Rodríguez, Víctor, Andresen, Ellen, Verde Arregoitia, Luis, Vega, Ernesto, Peres, Carlos A. ORCID: and Ewers, Robert M. (2019) The conservation value of human-modified landscapes for the world's primates. Nature Communications, 10 (1). ISSN 2041-1723

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Land-use change pushes biodiversity into human-modified landscapes, where native ecosystems are surrounded by anthropic land covers (ALCs). Yet, the ability of species to use these emerging covers remains poorly understood. We quantified the use of ALCs by primates worldwide, and analyzed species' attributes that predict such use. Most species use secondary forests and tree plantations, while only few use human settlements. ALCs are used for foraging by at least 86 species with an important conservation outcome: those that tolerate heavily modified ALCs are 26% more likely to have stable or increasing populations than the global average for all primates. There is no phylogenetic signal in ALCs use. Compared to all primates on Earth, species using ALCs are less often threatened with extinction, but more often diurnal, medium or large-bodied, not strictly arboreal, and habitat generalists. These findings provide valuable quantitative information for improving management practices for primate conservation worldwide.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: chemistry(all),biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology(all),physics and astronomy(all),sdg 15 - life on land ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1600
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Environmental Biology
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2019 13:30
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2023 14:44
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-08139-0


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