Why Island Life is Diminutive



Anambas Islands

Originally uploaded by Storm Crypt

 

This link takes you to an article which explains why the size of fauna on islands is smaller than on the mainland.

Basically, the smaller the island, the smaller and fewer in variety is the fauna:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/16/divide-and-diminish/

If what she says is true, how does one account for Komodo dragons? Well, in the comments a few people say that reptiles can grow bigger because they need fewer calories than mamals because they don’t need to spend energy keeping their bodies warm. They can also supplement their diet by eating marine animals. OMG! is there no where you can go to escape the deadly Komodos?

One thing I didn’t know before reading this article is that there are Balinese tigers. I’ll be more careful next time I visit there.

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