Removal of critical rock habitat threatens biodiversity

Pike, D. A., Croak, B. M., Webb, J. K., & Shine, R. (2010) Subtle–but easily reversible–anthropogenic disturbance seriously degrades habitat quality for rock‐dwelling reptiles. Animal Conservation, 13(4), 411-418.

Aim: 
To investigated the effects of human-induced rock disturbance on saxicolous reptiles.
Type of Study: 
Field experiment
Key Results: 
Crevices beneath displaced rocks were larger and cooler than those beneath repositioned rocks. Repositioning of rocks enhanced usage by reptiles. Both crevice size and temperature influence reptile retreat-site selection. Minor displacement of overlying rocks reduces habitat quality by modifying critical crevice attributes.
Reviewer: 
Damian Michael
Full Reference: 
Pike, D. A., Croak, B. M., Webb, J. K., & Shine, R. (2010) Subtle–but easily reversible–anthropogenic disturbance seriously degrades habitat quality for rock‐dwelling reptiles. Animal Conservation, 13(4), 411-418.