• What does population fragmentation mean?

    Population fragmentation occurs when groups of animals living in the wild become separated from other groups of the same species. Population fragmentation is often caused by habitat fragmentation, which as the name implies describes the emergence of discontinuous habitat (fragmentation) in the environment. Habitat and population fragmentation can be caused by natural processes or by human activity such as land conversion. The extent to which habitat fragmentation leads to population fragmentation, however, differs among landscapes and taxa. The pattern of subdivision in Cross River gorilla populations has been found to correspond largely to recent patterns of habitat fragmentation caused by anthropogenic activities (Bergl & Vigilant, 2006).

  • How does fragmentation of populations change?

  • How do you determine population fragmentation?

  • Why is it important to understand population fragmentation?

Compiled and edited 2011 by Kay H. Farmer
Reviewed by Hjalmar Kuehl, Josephine Head and Neba Funwi-Gabga

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