Data from: Vertebrate community composition and diversity declines along a defaunation gradient radiating from rural villages in Gabon

Sally E. Koerner, John R. Poulsen, Emily Blanchard, Joseph Okouyi, Connie J. Clark & Emily J. Blanchard
Anthropocene defaunation is the global phenomenon of human-induced animal biodiversity loss. Understanding the patterns and process of defaunation is critical to predict outcomes for wildlife populations and cascading consequences for ecosystem function and human welfare. We investigated a defaunation gradient in northeastern Gabon by establishing 24 transects at varying distances (2–30 km) to rural villages and surveying the abundance and composition of vertebrate communities. Distance from village was positively correlated with observations of hunting (shotgun...
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