To test predictions on the direct and indirect effects of apex predators on mammals and vegetation generated from trophic cascade theory and the mesopredator release hypothesis
Type of Study:
correlational with no pre-determined gradient or contrast
Direct suppressive effects of the dingo on macropods and foxes occur simultaneously, but that their indirect effects on lower trophic levels are comparatively weak
Suppression of dingo abundances may have unintended flow-on effects on forest ecosystems
Response variable :
medium mammal, small mammal, red fox, feral cat counts
Colman N. J., Crowther M. S. & Letnic M. (2015) Macroecological patterns in mammal abundances provide evidence that an apex predator shapes forest ecosystems by suppressing herbivore and mesopredator abundance. J. Biogeogr. 42, 1975-85.