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Annabel L. Smith, C. Michael Bull and Don A. Driscoll Successional specialization in a reptile community cautions against widespread planned burning and complete fire suppression Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Article first published online: 20 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12119

We found only limited support for a generalizable, trait-based model of succession in reptiles. However, our study revealed that the majority of common reptile species in our study region specialize on a post-fire successional stage and may therefore become threatened if homogeneous fire regimes predominate. Our study highlights the importance of interpreting results from time- or sample-limited fire studies of reptiles with the knowledge that many ecological responses may not have been detected. In such cases, an adaptive or precautionary approach to fire management may be necessary.

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