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Using MaxEnt algorithm to assess habitat suitability of a potential Iberian lynx population in central Iberian Peninsula

Alfaya, P. and Casanovas, J. G. and Lobón-Rovira, J. and Matallanas, B. and Cruz, A. and Arana, P. and Alonso, G. (2019) Using MaxEnt algorithm to assess habitat suitability of a potential Iberian lynx population in central Iberian Peninsula. Community Ecology, 20 (3). pp. 266-276. ISSN 1585-8553

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Abstract

Abstract Iberian lynx distribution is currently restricted to the south of the Iberian Peninsula. Nevertheless, there is evidence of the presence of several small groups in the peninsular centre that have been forgotten by management and conservation actions. In this research, we gathered evidences of Iberian lynx presence along 21 transects located in the southwest of the Madrid province. In these transects lynx DNA was identified in 47 scats, which scientifically proves the presence of the species in that location. Using these locations (presence-only data) we built a maximum entropy model (MaxEnt) to estimate the suitability of the study area for the species. Our results show the existence of an almost continuous area that is approximately 744 km<sup>2</sup> that is suitable for the Iberian lynx. Seventy-eight percent of this area is within the Natura 2000 network and, therefore, it falls under regulations to preserve and restore habitat types, flora and fauna. This study shows the suitability of this territory has for the Iberian lynx.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QH Natural history / természetrajz > QH540 Ecology / ökológia
Depositing User: Eszter Bálint
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2020 11:58
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2020 11:58
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/107188

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