Rat invasion of Tetiaroa atoll, French Polynesia

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dc.contributor.author Russell, James en
dc.contributor.author Faulquier, L en
dc.contributor.author Tonione, M en
dc.contributor.editor Veitch, CR en
dc.contributor.editor Clout, MN en
dc.contributor.editor Towns, DR en
dc.coverage.spatial Auckland, New Zealand en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-21T03:08:26Z en
dc.date.issued 2011 en
dc.identifier.citation In C. R. Veitch, M. N. Clout, & D. R. Towns (Eds.). (2011). Island Invasives: eradication and management: Proceedings of the International Conference on Island Invasives (pp. 118-123). IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Gland, Switzerland. en
dc.identifier.isbn 9782831712918 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32635 en
dc.description.abstract All three species of invasive rats are found throughout the Pacific Ocean: Rattus rattus, R. norvegicus and R. exulans. Polynesians historically introduced R. exulans, after which competitively dominant R. rattus and R. norvegicus were introduced by Europeans. However, the competitive processes in island invasion among rats have never been well documented. Tetiaroa atoll, in the Society Islands, consists of 12 small coral islets (“motu”) with remnant coconut plantations from the early 20th century. Rattus exulans was the only species present on the atoll until R. rattus was first documented in the 1970s. We review the history of Tetiaroa, and document the current extant distributions of R. rattus, R. exulans and the seabird community. Genetic studies confirm the species and locality of introduced rats with COI barcoding. Microsatellite analyses suggest recent isolation of the R. exulans populations on separate motu, whereas R. rattus on the north-west motu appear to be one meta-population. Colonies of small seabird species are generally associated with sandy areas on small motu with only R. exulans present. Only larger seabird species such as frigates and boobies successfully breed on motu with R. rattus present. With hotel development and pest control now under way, the challenge is to manage rat eradication and biosecurity measures both within and from outside of the atoll in coordination with preserving the seabird community. Studies such as this provide novel opportunities to understand competitive interactions between species. en
dc.description.uri http://www.cbb.org.nz/conferences.asp en
dc.publisher IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) / The Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity (CBB) en
dc.relation.ispartof Island Invasives: eradication and management en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Island Invasives: eradication and management: Proceedings of the International Conference on Island Invasives en
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dc.title Rat invasion of Tetiaroa atoll, French Polynesia en
dc.type Conference Item en
pubs.begin-page 118 en
dc.description.version VoR - Version of Record en
pubs.author-url http://www.issg.org/pdf/publications/Island_Invasives/pdfHQprint/1Russell.pdf en
pubs.end-page 123 en
pubs.finish-date 2010-02-12 en
pubs.place-of-publication Gland, Switzerland en
pubs.publication-status Published en
pubs.start-date 2010-02-08 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Proceedings en
pubs.elements-id 260953 en
pubs.org-id Science en
pubs.org-id Biological Sciences en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2011-12-15 en


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