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Data from: Intricate trophic links between threatened vertebrates confined to a small island in the Atlantic Ocean

Citation

Lopes, Ricardo Jorge et al. (2019), Data from: Intricate trophic links between threatened vertebrates confined to a small island in the Atlantic Ocean, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.sp10dk0

Abstract

Trophic networks in small isolated islands are in a fragile balance, and their disturbance can easily contribute towards the extinction vortex of species. Here we show, in a small Atlantic island (Raso) in the Cabo Verde Archipelago, using DNA metabarcoding, the extent of trophic dependence of the Endangered giant wall gecko Tarentola gigas on endemic populations of vertebrates, including one of the rarest bird species of the world, the Critically Endangered Raso lark Alauda razae. We found that the Raso lark (27%), Iago sparrow Passer iagoensis (12%), Bulwer's petrel Bulweria bulwerii (15%) and the Cabo Verde shearwater Calonectris edwardsii (10%) are the most frequent vertebrate signatures found in the faeces of the giant wall gecko. This work provides the first integrative assessment of their trophic links, an important issue to be considered for the long-term conservation of these small and isolated island ecosystems.

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Location

Macaronesia
Atlantic Ocean
Cabo Verde