Habitat disruption where natural habitat is broken into small, relatively isolated sections.
The disruption of extensive habitats into isolated and small patches resulting in a loss of total habitat area, and smaller, more isolated remaining habitat patches.
The process by which contiguous large blocks of habitat are broken into progressively smaller, spatially separate pieces. Fragmentation occurs as a result of both human (development, resource extraction such as logging and mining, agriculture) and natural (fire, flooding) factors. Habitat fragments support fewer species than larger habitat blocks.