Removal of critical rock habitat threatens biodiversity

Michael, D. R., Cunningham, R. B., & Lindenmayer, D. B. (2008) A forgotten habitat? Granite inselbergs conserve reptile diversity in fragmented agricultural landscapes. Journal of Applied Ecology, 45(6), 1742-1752.

Aim: 
To examine the relationships of reptile diversity, rocky outcrop patch size and habitat condition.
Type of Study: 
Field study
Key Results: 
Small insular rock outcrops in agricultural landscapes are important for supporting farm reptile communities and specialised rock-dwelling lizards. Large, structurally complex outcrop in variegated landscapes support highest levels of reptile diversity.
Reviewer: 
Damian Michael
Full Reference: 
Michael, D. R., Cunningham, R. B., & Lindenmayer, D. B. (2008) A forgotten habitat? Granite inselbergs conserve reptile diversity in fragmented agricultural landscapes. Journal of Applied Ecology, 45(6), 1742-1752.