Drastic effects of coralita on the biodiversity of insects and spiders
A study by researchers from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam shows that the invasive plant coralita and urban development have led to large, distinct changes in insect and spider communities on Sint Eustatius. Hence, coralita is not just a result of urban development but are also a driver of change. Recovery of native vegetation is needed to maintain biodiversity.
Article published in BioNews 35
More Information: Jesse, W.A.M., Molleman, J., Franken, O., Lammers, M., Berg, M.P., Behm, J.E., Helmus, M.R., Ellers, J. (2020). Disentangling the effects of plant species invasion and urban development on arthropod community composition. Global Change Biology 26:3294–3306. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.15091.