04 August 2015

Feria and Faulkes, 2016

Feria TP, Faulkes Z. 2016. Predicting the distribution of crayfish species: a case study using marble crayfish. In: T Kawai, Z Faulkes, G Scholtz, eds. Freshwater Crayfish: A Global Overview, pp. 13-30. Boca Raton: CRC Press. https://www.crcpress.com/Freshwater-Crayfish-A-Global-Overview/Kawai-Faulkes-Scholtz/9781466586390


Species Distribution Models (SDM) have been used in a variety of studies (e.g., Thuiller et al. 2005) to predict suitable areas for future invasions, including crayfish and similar freshwater decapods (Table 2.1). The parthenogenetic crayfish, Marble crayfish, provides an excellent example of the need for such predictive tools. Because Marble crayfish are parthenogenetic, the release of just one individual could establish a new population and they can compete and spread disease to native species. The aim of this chapter is to demonstrate the process of creating species distribution models, with particular reference to the challenges faced in modelling the potential distribution of crayfish species, using Marble crayfish as a case study.

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