A review of commensal rodent eradication on islands

A large majority of recorded vertebrate and plant extinctions since 1600 have been of island species and introduced mammals are responsible for the vast majority of these extinctions (Groombridge 1992). Commensal rodents (Rattus spp. and M. musculus) are the most wide-spread and damaging of the introduced mammals (Atkinson 1985). They are directly responsible for an estimated 40% of global bird extinctions and the extirpation of many seabird populations (King 1985). However, commensal rodents can be eradicated from islands (Towns and Broome 2003), after which populations of native species can recover with the intent of facilitating future island conservation actions.

The complete data set can be viewed at https://diise.islandconservation.org//, and will be later available in an online island eradication database. Data collected included records of island size, country, vegetation, target species, eradication methods (including toxin and trapping specifications and application methods) as well as non-target species, costs and agencies involved.

Author Galvan, J. P., Howald, G., Samaniego, A., Keitt, B., Russell, J., Pascal, M., Browne, M., Broome, K., Parkes, J. and Tershy, B.
Date 2005-05-02
Year 2005
Secondary title 13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
Place published Wellington, NZ
Publisher Landcare Research
Pages 158-159
Region NZ

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