Coupling phenotypic changes to extinction and survival in an endemic prey community threatened by an invasive snake

The invasive California kingsnake (Lampropeltis californiae) a good example to explore invasive predators’ effects on morphology and body condition at a community level, as this invader is known to locally extinct the Gran Canaria giant lizard (Gallotia stehlini) and to notably reduce the numbers of the Gran Canaria skink (Chalcides sexlineatus) and the Boettger’s gecko (Tarentola boettgeri).  Our study further highlights the importance addressing the impact of invasive predators from a community perspective in order to gain a deeper understanding of their effect in native ecosystems. Leer más.