Global mammal distributions, biodiversity hotspots, and conservation
Hotspots, which have played a central role in the selection of sites for reserves, require careful rethinking. We carried out a global examination of distributions of all nonmarine mammals to determine patterns of species richness, endemism, and endangerment, and to evaluate the degree of congruence among hotspots of these three measures of diversity in mammals. We then compare congruence of hotspots in two animal groups (mammals and birds) to assess the generality of these patterns. We defined hotspots as the richest 2.5% of cells in a global equal-area grid comparable to 1° latitude * 1° longitude. Hotspots of species richness, ‘‘endemism,’’ and extinction threat were noncongruent.
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- Artigo com revisão pelos pares e teses universitárias
- Diversidade biológica e cultural
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