indicator plant species of wild animals in
Gidengelmez mountains district
SÜEL1*, D. AKDEMİR2, A. KIRAÇ3 and Y.
Department, Sütçüler Vocational School, Suleyman Demirel University, Isparta,
Department, Dursunbey, Vocational School, Balıkesir University, Isparta,
Wildlife Ecology and Management, Faculty of Forestry, Suleyman Demirel
University, Isparta, 32100, Turkey
4Department of Wildlife
Ecology and Management, Faculty of Forestry, Suleyman Demirel University,
Isparta, 32100, Turkey
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Indicator of habitat
Paper received : 22.08.2016
Revised received : 25.06.2017
Accepted : 28.06.2017
Aim: The present study
was carried out to identify indicator plant species of wild animals in the
Gidengelmez mountains district.
data was collected from 95 sample plots. Since all the data used were is
binary, inter-specific, correlation analysis was applied to examine the
interrelationships between wild animals and plant taxa.
was found that the most important indicator plants of wild animals were Salvia
tomentosa, Micromeria myrtifolia, Vicia cracca subsp. stenophylla,
Arum dioscoridis var. spectabile, Rosa canina, Juniperus oxycedrus
and Berberis crataegina. Vicia cracca subsp. stenophylla
was the common indicator species for European hare (Lepus europaeus) and
Badger (Meles meles), whereas Salvia tomentosa and Micromeria
myrtifolia were significantly associated with Beech marten (Martes foina)
and Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) The most important indicator plant for
Wild boar (Sus scrofa) was Berberis crataegina. With regard to
wild goat (Capra aegagrus) and brown bear (Ursus arctos), no
plant was found to have strong indicatory value.
between occurrence and richness of wild animals and plant species richness
was examined by Spearman correlation and Pearson correlation analysis. Among
wild animals, only European hare was significantly related to plant species
richness at the level of 0.05. The relationship between wild animal richness
and species richness was found insignificant.
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