Using range filling rather than prevalence of invasive plant species for management prioritisation: the case of Spathodea campanulata in the Society Islands (South Pacific)

Abstract : Biological invasion science lacks standardised measures of invasion success that would provide effective prioritisation of invasive species and invaded areas management. Area of occupancy of invasive species is often used as proxy of their success but this metric ignores the extent to which a species fills its potential distribution. This study aims to estimate the performance of invasive tree species by computing the ratio between the compressed canopy area (CCA), assessed through remote sensing, and their potential distribution, estimated using invasive species distribution modelling. This index of ‘range filling’ (RF) has applicability to a broad set of invasive plant species in any biome. A case study is provided using the invasive African tulip tree Spathodea campanulata (Bignoniaceae) on three small tropical oceanic islands of French Polynesia (South Pacific Ocean) exhibiting different invasion levels to test for differences between CCA and RF. The results show that the RF of Spathodea campanulata varied within islands depending on elevation but not proportionally to the CCA of the species. Another key result was that the RF of the species and its CCA provided different between-island perspectives on the invasions and leaded to distinct ranking among islands to prioritise for management. Therefore, managers should disregard species’ area of occupancy as a measure of success and rather weight it with potential distribution to quantify how an invader is performing in a given environment.
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Ecological Indicators, Elsevier, 2015, 54, pp.87-95. 〈10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.02.017〉
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Robin Pouteau, Jean Yves Meyer, Sébastien Larrue. Using range filling rather than prevalence of invasive plant species for management prioritisation: the case of Spathodea campanulata in the Society Islands (South Pacific). Ecological Indicators, Elsevier, 2015, 54, pp.87-95. 〈10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.02.017〉. 〈hal-01126620〉

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