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Hybridization between the mallard and native dabbling ducks: causes, consequences and management

journal contribution
posted on 2014-01-01, 00:00 authored by Patrick GuayPatrick Guay, A Taysom, R Robinson, J P Tracey
Waterbirds are currently facing various threats throughout the world. One threat that is often overlooked is hybridization with introduced species. This threatening process is especially significant for dabbling ducks (Genus Anas). The Mallard (Anas platyrhyn chos) has been introduced to various parts of the world and now hybridizes and threatens numerous Anas species. In this paper, we review hybridization between Mallards and dabbling ducks with a specific emphasis on threats to the Pacific Black Duck (A. superciliosa). We then present an overview of the potential mechanisms of hybridization and discuss monitoring techniques. We conclude by proposing management strategies and speculating on the future of native dabbling duck species.

History

Journal

Pacific conservation biology

Volume

20

Issue

1

Pagination

41 - 47

Publisher

CSIRO Publishing

Location

Clayton, Vic.

ISSN

1038-2097

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2014, CSIRO