Imperial College London

Dr Samraat Pawar

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Senior Lecturer



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author = {Pawar, SS and Rawat, GS and Choudhury, BC},
doi = {10.1186/1472-6785-4-10},
journal = {BMC Ecology},
title = {Recovery of frog and lizard communities following primary habitat alteration in Mizoram, Northeast India},
url = {},
volume = {4},
year = {2004}

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AB - Background Community recovery following primary habitat alteration can provide tests for various hypotheses in ecology and conservation biology. Prominent among these are questions related to the manner and rate of community assembly after habitat perturbation. Here we use space-for-time substitution to analyse frog and lizard community assembly along two gradients of habitat recovery following slash and burn agriculture (jhum) in Mizoram, Northeast India. One recovery gradient undergoes natural succession to mature tropical rainforest, while the other involves plantation of jhum fallows with teak Tectona grandis monoculture. Results Frog and lizard communities accumulated species steadily during natural succession, attaining characteristics similar to those from mature forest after 30 years of regeneration. Lizards showed higher turnover and lower augmentation of species relative to frogs. Niche based classification identified a number of guilds, some of which contained both frogs and lizards. Successional change in species richness was due to increase in the number of guilds as well as the number of species per guild. Phylogenetic structure increased with succession for some guilds. Communities along the teak plantation gradient on the other hand, did not show any sign of change with chronosere age. Factor analysis revealed independent sets of habita variables that determined changes in community and guild composition during habitat recovery. Conclusions The timescale of frog and lizard community recovery was comparable with that reported by previous studies on different faunal groups in other tropical regions. Both communities converged on primary habitat attributes during natural vegetation succession, the recovery being driven by deterministic, nonlinear changes in habitat characteristics. On the other hand, very little faunal recovery was seen even in relatively old teak stands. Generally, tree monocultures are unlikely to support recovery of natural forest co
AU - Pawar,SS
AU - Rawat,GS
AU - Choudhury,BC
DO - 10.1186/1472-6785-4-10
PY - 2004///
SN - 1472-6785
TI - Recovery of frog and lizard communities following primary habitat alteration in Mizoram, Northeast India
T2 - BMC Ecology
UR -
UR -
VL - 4
ER -