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The Impact of Conservation on the Status of the World’s Vertebrates
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Though the threat of extinction is increasing, overall declines would have been worse in the absence of conservation, and current conservation efforts remain insufficient to offset the main drivers of biodiversity loss in these groups.
Global patterns of freshwater species diversity, threat and endemism
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It is demonstrated that broad-scale patterns of species richness, threatened-species richness and endemism lack congruence among the six freshwater taxonomic groups examined, suggesting that both the metric of biodiversity and the identity of the taxa on which conservation decisions are based require careful consideration.
Freshwater crabs and the biodiversity crisis: Importance, threats, status, and conservation challenges
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A comprehensive IUCN Red List assessment of the freshwater crabs, which was the first time that such a study had been attempted on a global scale for any group of freshwater invertebrates, shows that the proportion of freshwater crabs threatened with extinction is equal to that of reef-building corals, and exceeds that of all other groups assessed except for amphibians.
Global diversity of crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura) in freshwater
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Estimates of true freshwater crab diversity including likely numbers of undescribed taxa suggest that the field remains largely in a “discovery” phase.
Evolution of Afrotropical freshwater crab lineages obscured by morphological convergence.
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This work uses sequence data derived from six DNA gene loci to examine evolutionary and biogeographic affinities among all freshwater crab families and indicates a post-Gondwanan, early Cretaceous cladogenesis for freshwater crabs implying that the acquisition of a freshwater lifestyle was achieved more recently.
Insular species of Afrotropical freshwater crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Potamonautidae and Potamidae) with special reference to Madagascar and the Seychelles
The evolutionary relationships between island and mainland faunas of the 24 species of insular freshwater crabs in the Afrotropical region are reviewed in the light of phylogenetic studies. Twenty
Implications of bias in conservation research and investment for freshwater species
Human population growth and economic development threaten the integrity of freshwater ecosystems globally, reducing their ability to support biodiversity and provide ecosystem services. However, our
On the marine sister groups of the freshwater crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura)
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The origin, groundplan, and diversification of freshwater crabs are discussed in the context of previously published scenarios of their evolution.
Results of the global conservation assessment of the freshwater crabs (Brachyura, Pseudothelphusidae and Trichodactylidae): The Neotropical region, with an update on diversity
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These results represent a baseline that can be used to design strategies to save threatened Neotropical species of freshwater crabs and underlines the need to prioritize and develop conservation measures before species decline to levels from which they cannot recover.
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