Trends in the extinction of carnivores in Madagascar

Cartagena–Matos, B.  Gregório, I.  Morais, M.  Ferreira, E. 

Abstract

The extinction of top predators, such as mammalian carnivores can lead to dramatic changes in foodweb structure and ecosystem dynamics. Since all native Malagasy terrestrial mammalian carnivores are endemic, their extinction implies a significant loss of biodiversity in Madagascar. Here we review the literature on Madagascar’s mammalian carnivores, aiming to determine which species are most likely to become extinct in the near future in view of the factors threatening their survival. We scored each factor according to its impact on the species. According to our results, the giant–striped mongoose, Galidictis grandidieri, is the most likely species to next become extinct. This is no surprise because this species is considered one of the rarest carnivores in the world, inhabiting only a small, threatened forest ecosystem. Our results emphasize the need for robust data about each species to help and support decision–
makers implement conservation measures.

Key words

Eupleridae, Endemism, Biodiversity loss, Human impacts, Deforestation, Interspecific competition

Reception date: 25 II 16  |   Acceptation date: 14 X 16  |   Publication date: 16 II 17

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