The main aim was to obtain information about the more critical sectors of Mediterranean- type rivers, especially in the islands where the percentage of endemic species is high, even in riparian habitats. Our hypothesis was that endemic and alien species, considered important in defining conservation priorities along rivers, have different patterns of distribution and their coexistence indicates human impacts on fluvial systems, which can cause natural habitat loss. Generalized Additive Models were used to model the distribution patterns of endemic and alien species along the longitudinal gradient. They showed that endemic species were linked to the most natural areas in the middle and upper sections of the rivers, whereas the distribution of aliens in middle and lower sections can be regarded as a consequence of human impact. This finding underlined the presence in the middle sections of the rivers of areas with important floristic features that are also affected by alien species. What currently seems a situation of equilibrium turns out to call for careful control, first and foremost, by maintaining riparian vegetation. Our results highlighted the utility of our method for rapidly obtaining information about the criticalities of rivers in Mediterranean biodiversity hotspots.
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|Titolo:||Distribution of endemic and alien plants along Mediterranean rivers: a useful tool to identify areas in need of protection?|
|Citazione:||Angiolini, C., Nucci, A., Landi, M., & Bacchetta, G. (2013). Distribution of endemic and alien plants along Mediterranean rivers: a useful tool to identify areas in need of protection?. COMPTES RENDUS BIOLOGIES, 336, 416-423.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|