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dc.contributor.authorTinsley, Richard Cen_UK
dc.contributor.authorStott, Lucy Cen_UK
dc.contributor.authorViney, Marken_UK
dc.contributor.authorMabel, Barbaraen_UK
dc.contributor.authorTinsley, M Cen_UK
dc.description.abstractInvasive, non-native species represent a major threat to biodiversity worldwide. The African amphibianXenopus laevisis widely regarded as an invasive species and a threat to local faunas. Populations originating at the Western Cape, South Africa, have been introduced on four continents, mostly in areas with a similar Mediterranean climate. Some introduced populations are also established in cooler environments where persistence for many decades suggests a capacity for long-term adaptation. In these cases, recent climate warming might enhance invasion ability, favouring range expansion, population growth and negative effects on native faunas. In the cool temperate UK, populations have been established for about 50years in Wales and for an unknown period, probably >20years, in England (Lincolnshire). Our field studies over 30 and 10years, respectively, show that in favourable conditions there may be good recruitment, fast individual growth rates and large body size; maximum longevity exceeds 23years. Nevertheless, areas of distribution remained limited, with numbers <500 in each population. In 2010, only a single individual was captured at each locality and further searching failed to record any others in repeated sampling up to 2014. We conclude that both populations are now extinct. The winters of 2009–2010 and 2010–2011 experienced extreme cold and drought (December 2010 was the coldest in 120years and the third driest in 100years). The extinction ofX. laevisin these areas indicates that even relatively long-established alien species remain vulnerable to rare extreme weather conditions.en_UK
dc.relationTinsley RC, Stott LC, Viney M, Mabel B & Tinsley MC (2015) Extinction of an introduced warm-climate alien species, Xenopus laevis, by extreme weather events. Biological Invasions, 17 (11), pp. 3183-3195.
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dc.subjectInvasive speciesen_UK
dc.subjectXenopus laevisen_UK
dc.subjectClimate changeen_UK
dc.subjectExtreme weatheren_UK
dc.titleExtinction of an introduced warm-climate alien species, Xenopus laevis, by extreme weather eventsen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleBiological Invasionsen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Bristolen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Bristolen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Bristolen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Glasgowen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
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rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorTinsley, Richard C|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorStott, Lucy C|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorViney, Mark|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorMabel, Barbara|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorTinsley, M C|0000-0002-7715-1259en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.filenameR Tinsley et al_Biol Invasions_2015.pdfen_UK
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