Small predators `most at risk´ when habitats are...

Mail Online | 1/21/2020 | Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
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When humans seize a plot of land and convert it into a town, city or farm it endangers many animals that live there - with small predators affected the most.

Spiders and ladybirds were found to be the most likely to be lost during land conversion, according to a global study.

Groups - Reptiles - Amphibians - Mammals - Birds

Other animal groups severely affected include reptiles and amphibians as well as large mammals and birds.

Fungivores - animals that eat fungi - are also at risk.

Areas - Use - Populations - Cent

In areas that had been converted for human use, animal populations can be depleted by between 25 and 50 per cent.

Researchers looked at more than a million records of animal abundance at sites ranging from primary forest to intensively managed farmland and cities.

Data - Species - Countries - Size

The data represented more than 25,000 species across 80 countries, which were grouped by size, whether they were warm or cold-blooded and what they eat.

Species ranged from the tiny oribatid mite to an African elephant weighing almost 4,850lbs (3,825kg).

Tim - Newbold - University - College - London

Tim Newbold at University College London, the lead author of the research, said: 'Normally when we think of predators, we think of big animals like lions or tigers.

'These large predators did not decline as much as we expected with habitat loss, which we think may be because they have already declined because of human actions in the past (such as hunting).

Predators - Spiders - Ladybirds - Declines

'We find small predators – such as spiders and ladybirds – to show the biggest declines.'

According to the study, published in the British Ecological Society journal Functional Ecology, the results indicate...
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