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https://doi.org/10.5194/we-16-41-2016
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09 Feb 2016
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Insects and the city: what island biogeography tells us about insect conservation in urban areas

S. Fattorini

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Habitat fragmentation caused by urbanization is considered a prominent threat to biodiversity. Urban development creates a mosaic of natural fragments which can be occupied by organisms able to survive in small spaces. These fragments are a set of habitat islands interspersed in a "sea" of built up areas. Hypotheses developed in the field of island biogeography can be used to preserve the insect communities inhabiting urban green spaces.
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