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Rethinking megafauna

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Rethinking megafauna. / Moleón, Marcos; Sánchez-Zapata, José A.; Donázar, José A.; Revilla, Eloy; Martín-López, Berta; Gutiérrez-Cánovas, Cayetano; Getz, Wayne M.; Morales-Reyes, Zebensui; Campos-Arceiz, Ahimsa; Crowder, Larry B.; Galetti, Mauro; González-Suárez, Manuela; He, Fengzhi; Jordano, Pedro; Lewison, Rebecca; Naidoo, Robin; Owen-Smith, Norman; Selva, Nuria; Svenning, Jens Christian; Tella, José L.; Zarfl, Christiane; Jähnig, Sonja C.; Hayward, Matt W.; Faurby, Søren; García, Nuria; Barnosky, Anthony D.; Tockner, Klement.

I: Proceedings. Biological sciences, Bind 287, Nr. 1922, 2020.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskrift/Konferencebidrag i tidsskrift /Bidrag til avisTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

Harvard

Moleón, M, Sánchez-Zapata, JA, Donázar, JA, Revilla, E, Martín-López, B, Gutiérrez-Cánovas, C, Getz, WM, Morales-Reyes, Z, Campos-Arceiz, A, Crowder, LB, Galetti, M, González-Suárez, M, He, F, Jordano, P, Lewison, R, Naidoo, R, Owen-Smith, N, Selva, N, Svenning, JC, Tella, JL, Zarfl, C, Jähnig, SC, Hayward, MW, Faurby, S, García, N, Barnosky, AD & Tockner, K 2020, 'Rethinking megafauna', Proceedings. Biological sciences, bind 287, nr. 1922. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.2643

APA

Moleón, M., Sánchez-Zapata, J. A., Donázar, J. A., Revilla, E., Martín-López, B., Gutiérrez-Cánovas, C., Getz, W. M., Morales-Reyes, Z., Campos-Arceiz, A., Crowder, L. B., Galetti, M., González-Suárez, M., He, F., Jordano, P., Lewison, R., Naidoo, R., Owen-Smith, N., Selva, N., Svenning, J. C., ... Tockner, K. (2020). Rethinking megafauna. Proceedings. Biological sciences, 287(1922). https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.2643

CBE

Moleón M, Sánchez-Zapata JA, Donázar JA, Revilla E, Martín-López B, Gutiérrez-Cánovas C, Getz WM, Morales-Reyes Z, Campos-Arceiz A, Crowder LB, Galetti M, González-Suárez M, He F, Jordano P, Lewison R, Naidoo R, Owen-Smith N, Selva N, Svenning JC, Tella JL, Zarfl C, Jähnig SC, Hayward MW, Faurby S, García N, Barnosky AD, Tockner K. 2020. Rethinking megafauna. Proceedings. Biological sciences. 287(1922). https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.2643

MLA

Moleón, Marcos o.a.. "Rethinking megafauna". Proceedings. Biological sciences. 2020. 287(1922). https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.2643

Vancouver

Moleón M, Sánchez-Zapata JA, Donázar JA, Revilla E, Martín-López B, Gutiérrez-Cánovas C o.a. Rethinking megafauna. Proceedings. Biological sciences. 2020;287(1922). https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.2643

Author

Moleón, Marcos ; Sánchez-Zapata, José A. ; Donázar, José A. ; Revilla, Eloy ; Martín-López, Berta ; Gutiérrez-Cánovas, Cayetano ; Getz, Wayne M. ; Morales-Reyes, Zebensui ; Campos-Arceiz, Ahimsa ; Crowder, Larry B. ; Galetti, Mauro ; González-Suárez, Manuela ; He, Fengzhi ; Jordano, Pedro ; Lewison, Rebecca ; Naidoo, Robin ; Owen-Smith, Norman ; Selva, Nuria ; Svenning, Jens Christian ; Tella, José L. ; Zarfl, Christiane ; Jähnig, Sonja C. ; Hayward, Matt W. ; Faurby, Søren ; García, Nuria ; Barnosky, Anthony D. ; Tockner, Klement. / Rethinking megafauna. I: Proceedings. Biological sciences. 2020 ; Bind 287, Nr. 1922.

Bibtex

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abstract = "Concern for megafauna is increasing among scientists and non-scientists. Many studies have emphasized that megafauna play prominent ecological roles and provide important ecosystem services to humanity. But, what precisely are 'megafauna'? Here, we critically assess the concept of megafauna and propose a goal-oriented framework for megafaunal research. First, we review definitions of megafauna and analyse associated terminology in the scientific literature. Second, we conduct a survey among ecologists and palaeontologists to assess the species traits used to identify and define megafauna. Our review indicates that definitions are highly dependent on the study ecosystem and research question, and primarily rely on ad hoc size-related criteria. Our survey suggests that body size is crucial, but not necessarily sufficient, for addressing the different applications of the term megafauna. Thus, after discussing the pros and cons of existing definitions, we propose an additional approach by defining two function-oriented megafaunal concepts: 'keystone megafauna' and 'functional megafauna', with its variant 'apex megafauna'. Assessing megafauna from a functional perspective could challenge the perception that there may not be a unifying definition of megafauna that can be applied to all eco-evolutionary narratives. In addition, using functional definitions of megafauna could be especially conducive to cross-disciplinary understanding and cooperation, improvement of conservation policy and practice, and strengthening of public perception. As megafaunal research advances, we encourage scientists to unambiguously define how they use the term 'megafauna' and to present the logic underpinning their definition.",
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RIS

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T1 - Rethinking megafauna

AU - Moleón, Marcos

AU - Sánchez-Zapata, José A.

AU - Donázar, José A.

AU - Revilla, Eloy

AU - Martín-López, Berta

AU - Gutiérrez-Cánovas, Cayetano

AU - Getz, Wayne M.

AU - Morales-Reyes, Zebensui

AU - Campos-Arceiz, Ahimsa

AU - Crowder, Larry B.

AU - Galetti, Mauro

AU - González-Suárez, Manuela

AU - He, Fengzhi

AU - Jordano, Pedro

AU - Lewison, Rebecca

AU - Naidoo, Robin

AU - Owen-Smith, Norman

AU - Selva, Nuria

AU - Svenning, Jens Christian

AU - Tella, José L.

AU - Zarfl, Christiane

AU - Jähnig, Sonja C.

AU - Hayward, Matt W.

AU - Faurby, Søren

AU - García, Nuria

AU - Barnosky, Anthony D.

AU - Tockner, Klement

PY - 2020

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N2 - Concern for megafauna is increasing among scientists and non-scientists. Many studies have emphasized that megafauna play prominent ecological roles and provide important ecosystem services to humanity. But, what precisely are 'megafauna'? Here, we critically assess the concept of megafauna and propose a goal-oriented framework for megafaunal research. First, we review definitions of megafauna and analyse associated terminology in the scientific literature. Second, we conduct a survey among ecologists and palaeontologists to assess the species traits used to identify and define megafauna. Our review indicates that definitions are highly dependent on the study ecosystem and research question, and primarily rely on ad hoc size-related criteria. Our survey suggests that body size is crucial, but not necessarily sufficient, for addressing the different applications of the term megafauna. Thus, after discussing the pros and cons of existing definitions, we propose an additional approach by defining two function-oriented megafaunal concepts: 'keystone megafauna' and 'functional megafauna', with its variant 'apex megafauna'. Assessing megafauna from a functional perspective could challenge the perception that there may not be a unifying definition of megafauna that can be applied to all eco-evolutionary narratives. In addition, using functional definitions of megafauna could be especially conducive to cross-disciplinary understanding and cooperation, improvement of conservation policy and practice, and strengthening of public perception. As megafaunal research advances, we encourage scientists to unambiguously define how they use the term 'megafauna' and to present the logic underpinning their definition.

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KW - body size

KW - functional traits

KW - keystone species

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JO - Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

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