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default Can the Aldabra White-throated Rail (Dryolimnas cuvieri aldabranus) fly? Popular

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Atoll Res Bull.pdf

Wanless et al. 2003. Can the Aldabra White-throated Rail  (Dryolimnas cuvieri aldabranus) fly?. Atoll Research Bulletin 508:1-9

default Checklist of lichens for the Seychelles group Popular

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Checklist of lichens of Seychelles.pdf

MARK R.D.SEAWARD & ANDRÉ APTROOT. 2009. Checklist of lichens for the Seychelles group. Biodiversity and ecology of lichens – Liber Amicorum Harrie Sipman. A. Aptroot, M.R.D. Seaward & L.B. Sparrius (eds): Bibliotheca Lichenologica 99: 335-366. J. Cramer in der Gebrüder Borntraeger Verlagsbuchhandlung, Berlin & Stuttgart, 2009.

default Comment on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, Popular

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Comment on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea.pdf

J. Frazier & P. Matyot. Comment on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines). Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 68(2) June 2011.

pdf Consequences of sibling rivalry vary across life in a passerine bird Bebbington et al 2016 Popular

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Consequences of sibling rivalry vary across life in a passerine bird Bebbington et al 2016.pdf

We test a suite of hypothesized immediate (early-life body mass, telomere length, and survival) and delayed (adult reproductive potential and lifespan) costs of sibling rivalry for offspring of differing competitive ability in Seychelles warblers, where most offspring are raised singly and hence competitor success can be compared to a competition-free scenario. Compared to those raised alone, all competing nestlings had lower body mass and weaker competitors experienced reduced survival. However, the stronger competitors appeared to have longer adult breeding tenures and lifespan than
those raised alone.

default Conservation action in a changing climate Popular

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Reefs and climate changeConsLetters 2008.pdf

McClanahan et al. 2008. Conservation action in a changing climate. Conservation Letters 1 (2008) 53–59

default Conservation introductions of Seychelles fody and warbler to Denis Island Popular

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conservation introductions of Seychelles fody and warbler to Denis.pdf

Conservation introductions of Seychelles fody and warbler to Denis Island, Seychelles by Rachel Bristol, Science Co-ordinator, Nature Seychelles. Re-introduction NEWS: No. 24 April 2005

default Conservation of oceanic island floras: Present and future global challenges Popular

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Caujape-Castells_PPEES_inpress.pdf

Caujape-Castells, J., et al., Conservation of oceanic island floras: Present and future global challenges. Perspect. Plant Ecol. Evol. Systematics (2010), doi:10.1016/j.ppees.2009.10.001

default Conservation of oceanic island floras: present and future global challenges Popular

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Caujape-Castells_PPEES_inpress.pdf

Caujapé-Castells, J , Tye, A., Crawford, D. J., Santos-Guerra, A., Sakai, A., Beaver, K., Lobin, W., Florens, F. B. V., Moura, M., Jardim, R., Küffer, C.  (2010)  Conservation of oceanic island floras: present and future global challenges.  Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics in press. doi:10.1016/j.ppees.2009.10.001

default Conservation of the Seychelles sheath-tailed bat Coleura seychellensis from 1997- 2011 and future pr Popular

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Phelsuma 19e.pdf

Justin Gerlach. 2011. Conservation of the Seychelles sheath-tailed bat Coleura seychellensis from 1997-2011 and future prospects. Phelsuma 19 (2011); 54--68

default Coral recovery at Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles: five years after the 1998 bleaching event Popular

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Sobart et al 2004.pdf

Stobart et al. 2004. Coral recovery at Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles: five years after the 1998 bleaching event. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A (2005) 363, 251–255

default Corals and reefs of Cosmoledo and Aldabra atolls: Extent of damage, assemblage shifts and recovery Popular

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Sheppard_Obura 2003.pdf

CHARLES SHEPPARD & DAVID OBURA. 2003. Corals and reefs of Cosmoledo and Aldabra atolls: Extent of damage, assemblage shifts and recovery following the severe mortality of 1998. Journal of Natural History, 2005; 39(2): 103–121

default Critical thresholds and tangible targets for ecosystem-based management of coral reef fisheries Popular

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McClanahan et al PNAS 2011 EE.pdf

McClanahan et al. 2011. Critical thresholds and tangible targets for ecosystem-based management of coral reef fisheries. PNAS 2011; published ahead of print September 26, 2011, doi:10.1073/pnas.1106861108. Open access article, contains supporting information. See McClanahan et al. Supporting information 10.1073/pnas.1106861108

pdf Deciding when to lend a helping hand: a decision-making framework for seabird island restoration Popular

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Deciding when to lend a helping hand. A framework for seabird island restoration. Buxton et al. 2016..pdf

altFollowing the removal of an introduced species, island restoration can follow two general approaches: passive, where no further intervention occurs and the island is assumed to recover naturally, and; active, where recovery of key taxa (e.g. seabirds) is enhanced by manipulating movement and demography. ...We summarize the advantages of incorporating these analyses of past restoration results as an initial step in the decision-making process. We illustrate this process using lessons learned from the restoration of seabird-driven island ecosystems after introduced vertebrate eradication in New Zealand.

(Rachel T. Buxton1, Christopher J. Jones, Philip O’Brien Lyver, David R. Towns4 and Stephanie B. Borrelle)

 

pdf Delayed dispersal and the costs and benefits of different routes to independent breeding in a cooperatively breeding bird Kingma et al 2016 Evolution

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Delayed dispersal and the costs and benefits of different routes to independent breeding in a cooperatively breeding bird Kingma et al 2016 Evolution.pdf

Why sexually mature individuals stay in groups as nonreproductive subordinates is central to the evolution of sociality and cooperative breeding. To understand such delayed dispersal, its costs and benefits need to be compared with those of permanently leaving to float through the population. However, comprehensive comparisons, especially regarding differences in future breeding opportunities, are rare.

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_Ruiz Sebasti�n & McClanahan 2013 EcolMod.pdf

Carlos Ruiz Sebastián and Timothy R. McClanahan. 2013. Description and validation of production processes in the coral reefecosystem model CAFFEE (Coral–Algae–Fish-Fisheries EcosystemEnergetics) with a fisheries closure and climatic disturbance. Ecological Modelling 263 (2013) 326– 348

default Desertion and abnormal development in a colony of Sooty terns infested by virus-infected ticks Popular

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Feare 1976 Tick infestation Ibis 118,112-115.pdf

Feare. C. 1976. Desertion and abnormal development in a colony of Sooty terns Sterna fuscata infested by virus-infected ticks. IBIS 118, 112-115

 

pdf Diet Composition of Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) in the Republic of Seychelles Popular

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Diet Composition of Hawksbill Turtles.pdf

Effective conservation of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) in the western Indian Ocean is hindered by a lack of basic ecological information about its diet and habitat requirements. This study utilised stomach samples from dead turtles and oesophageal lavage, together with in-water observations of foraging turtles, to identify the relative importance of species contributing to the diet of hawksbill turtles at five localities in the Republic of Seychelles

default Direct benefits and the evolution of female-biased cooperative Breeding in Seychelles warblers Popular

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direct benefits 2002.pdf

Richardson et al. 2002. Direct benefits and the evolution of female-biased cooperative Breeding in Seychelles warblers. Evolution, 56(11), 2002, pp. 2313–2321.The Society for the Study of Evolution.

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Burger 2005 Pisonia J Trop Ecol.pdf

Burger A. 2005. Dispersal and germination of seeds of Pisonia grandis, an Indo-Pacific
tropical tree associated with insular seabird colonies. Journal of Tropical Ecology (2005) 21:263–271. Copyright © 2005 Cambridge University Press

default Distribution and population of the Seychelles (bare-legged) scops owl Popular

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SSO distribution.pdf

Currie, D., Fanchette, R.,Millett, J., Hoareau, C. & Shah, N. J. 2004. The distribution and population of the Seychelles (bare-legged) scops owl Otus insularis on Mahé: consequences for conservation Ibis 146 (1), 27-37.

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