Rabbits, vegetation and erosion on Macquarie Island

P. M. Selkirk, A. B. Costin, R. D. Seppelt, J. J. Scott

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Oryctolagus cuniculus were introduced to subantarctic Macquarie Island in c1880. Selective grazing by rabbits has been important in changing the floristic composition and structure of the floristic composition and structure of grassland and herbfield vegetation and the effects of grazing and burrowing actiities on erosion have concerned scientific visitors to the island for some years. Re-examination in 1980 of sites first documented in 1958 shows increases in erosion at some sites and revegetation of some areas. Photographic documentation is provided for both sets of observations, and changes noted in the 1980 photographs are discussed. -from Current Antarctic Literature

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-346
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings - Linnean Society of New South Wales
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1983

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