SIGNIFICANT QUALITY OF FRAGMENTED FORESTS IN OIL PALM PLANTATIONS : LESSON FROM THE ASSEMBLAGE STRUCTURE OF FROGS (Amphibia: Anura)

Ramlah, Zainudin and Elvy Quatrin, Deka and Muhammad Fadzil Amram, Jopony and Sharizatty, Mohd Rais and Nur Amirah, Md Sungif and Marly Matleen, Augustine Agoh and Nooraina Atira, Alaudin and Mohamad Amirul, Azmi and Jayasilan, Mohd-Azlan (2019) SIGNIFICANT QUALITY OF FRAGMENTED FORESTS IN OIL PALM PLANTATIONS : LESSON FROM THE ASSEMBLAGE STRUCTURE OF FROGS (Amphibia: Anura). Journal of Oil Palm Research, 31. pp. 604-614. ISSN 1511-2780

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Abstract

Being known as a good environmental indicator, the anuran is an ideal animal model for investigating the quality of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas (fragmented forests) in maintaining or enhancing biodiversity values in an oil palm plantation. Using non-metric multidimensional scaling (NMDS) frogs from forest fragments and oil palm were investigated and compared, to identify species assemblages and guild. Our findings showed that species diversity differed significantly between High Corrections Values and the plantation areas. The High Corrections Values showed highest percentage of species endemism, and species of conservation importance in the areas. The NMDS analysis futher suggests that the anuran assemblages at the oil palm plantation were disjunctive as the HCV areas provide isolated assemblages to the anuran species, different from that of the plantations. The number of species was found to be significantly influenced by water temperature, turbidity, salinity, and level of dissolved oxygen. Overall, the HCV areas supports high species diversity, including endemic and near threatened species compared to the plantation areas. Hence, these HCV areas are functioning and should be maintained as high priority areas for faunal conservation in an oil palm plantation

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: frog assemblages, HCV areas, oil palm plantation, endemic species, environmental indicator, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2020 07:38
Last Modified: 27 May 2021 10:11
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/32726

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