|Title (Primary)||Comparing the palatability of Mediterranean or non-native plants in Crete|
|Author||Dormann, C.F.; King, R.|
|Abstract||Herbivory is thought to be an important factor in the ecology of introduced species. A lower palatability to the herbivores may con- tribute to the success of invasive species in their new habitat. Here we investigate the palatability (to the generalist herbivore snail Cepaea hortensis) of 11 non-native plant species found on Crete and compare it to that of 13 native species. These were collected from three different habitats (dunes, olive groves and shrublands), so as to be able to reconstruct a community background palatability. Our results indicate that non-natives fall into the range of palatabi- lities found among the natives, with no significant overall difference between these groups. In all three tested habitats, non-natives were more palatable than the native community background. Only in dunes was one non-native species, Acacia saligna, markedly less palatable than the community average. Palatability of the species was not related to their commonness on Crete, independent of being native or not.
|Persistent UFZ Identifier||https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=4032|
|Dormann, C.F., King, R. (2004):
Comparing the palatability of Mediterranean or non-native plants in Crete
Ecol. Mediterr. 30 (2), 171 - 178