Ecological traps and species distribution models: a challenge for prioritizing areas of conservation importance

Nicolas Titeux, Olatz Aizpurua, Franck Hollander, Francesc Sardà-Palomera, Virgilio Hermoso, Jean-Yves Paquet, Xavier Mestdagh, Josef Settele, Lluís Brotons & Hans Van Dyck
Species distribution models analyse how species use different types of habitats. Their spatial predictions are often used to prioritize areas for conservation. Individuals may, however, prefer settling in habitat types of low quality compared to other available habitats. This ecological trap phenomenon is usually studied in a small number of habitat patches and consequences at the landscape level are largely unknown. It is therefore often unclear whether the spatial pattern of habitat use is aligned...
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