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Habitat correlates of five amphibian species and of species-richness in a wetland system in New South Wales, Australia

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We investigated the habitat correlates of five amphibian species and species-richness in freshwater ponds at a wetland site in New South Wales, Australia. The objective was to produce a simple model useful to wildlife managers in the area wishing to construct new ponds for the purpose of amphibian conservation. 43 ponds were surveyed in which we found 2-8 species. We recorded 35 habitat variables, and reduced these to a simpler set of non-correlated surrogate variables in Principle Component Analyses. Five species-specific models were constructed using logistic regression. Emergent vegetation, plant species diversity, pond water pH, salinity and bank slope were found to be predictor variables. A multiple regression analysis was used to investigate correlates associated with species richness. The species richness model showed larger ponds with a high proportion of surface area covered by emergent vegetation held most species of amphibian. There were no conflicts with the results from the species-specific models and the species richness model.

Affiliations: 1: Discipline of Biological Sciences, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia; Orange/France Telecom, 37 North Wharf Road, London W2 1AG, United Kingdom; 2: Discipline of Biological Sciences, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia; Ecology Partners Pty Ltd, 420 Victoria Street, Brunswick, Vic 3056, Australia; 3: Discipline of Biological Sciences, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia

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