Direct Impacts of Seabird Predators on Island Biota other than Seabirds

Donald R. Drake*, Thomas W. Bodey, James C. Russell, David R. Towns, Manuel Nogales, Lise Ruffino

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This chapter investigates the direct impacts of introduced seabird predators on the terrestrial plants and other animals that inhabit seabird islands. It discusses the direct effects of seabird predators on arthropods, mollusks, amphibians, reptiles, land birds, mammals, and plants. It analyzes various studies that look into what determines species' vulnerability to seabird predators. It contains information gathered from systems where the predators are not native. It focuses on five species: cats, foxes, pigs, rats, and mice and looks into their effects on the island's ecology. It also considers the inherent limitations that pose difficulties in assessing the impacts of introduced predators.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSeabird Islands
Subtitle of host publicationEcology, Invasion, and Restoration
EditorsChrista P H Mulder, Wendy B Anderson, David R Towns, Peter J Bellingham
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
Number of pages42
ISBN (Electronic)9780190267803
ISBN (Print)9780199735693
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2011

Bibliographical note

Each of the listed authors wrote at least one section of the chapter; they are listed roughly in order based on the length of their contributions. J. Russell performed the ordination.


  • Introduced predator
  • Seabird
  • Seabird islands
  • Seabird predator
  • Species vulnerability


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