Ecological traps: current evidence and future directions
Robin Hale, Stephen E Swearer
PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES | ROYAL SOC | Published : 2016
Ecological traps, which occur when animals mistakenly prefer habitats where their fitness is lower than in other available habitats following rapid environmental change, have important conservation and management implications. Empirical research has focused largely on assessing the behavioural effects of traps, by studying a small number of geographically close habitat patches. Traps, however, have also been defined in terms of their population-level effects (i.e. as preferred habitats of sufficiently low quality to cause population declines), and this is the scale most relevant for management. We systematically review the ecological traps literature to (i) describe the geographical and taxo..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian Research Council
We acknowledge funding from Melbourne Water, the Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management, and the Australian Research Council under Project LP140100343.