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Cryptic species as a window on diversity and conservation.
The literature on cryptic and sibling species is synthesized and trends in their discovery are discussed, suggesting that the discovery of cryptic species is likely to be non-random with regard to taxon and biome and could have profound implications for evolutionary theory, biogeography and conservation planning. Expand
Primary forests are irreplaceable for sustaining tropical biodiversity
It is found that biodiversity values were substantially lower in degraded forests, but that this varied considerably by geographic region, taxonomic group, ecological metric and disturbance type. Expand
Landscape moderation of biodiversity patterns and processes ‐ eight hypotheses
This review uses knowledge gained from human‐modified landscapes to suggest eight hypotheses, which it hopes will encourage more systematic research on the role of landscape composition and configuration in determining the structure of ecological communities, ecosystem functioning and services. Expand
Southeast Asian biodiversity: an impending disaster.
The looming Southeast Asian biodiversity disaster demands immediate and definitive actions, yet such measures continue to be constrained by socioeconomic factors, including poverty and lack of infrastructure. Expand
Synergies among extinction drivers under global change.
Estimates of extinction risk for most species are more severe than previously recognised and conservation actions which only target single-threat drivers risk being inadequate because of the cascading effects caused by unmanaged synergies. Expand
Prospects for tropical forest biodiversity in a human-modified world.
A critical synthesis of the scientific insights that guide the understanding of patterns and processes underpinning forest biodiversity in the human-modified tropics are provided, and a conceptual framework that integrates a broad range of social and ecological factors that define and contextualize the possible future of tropical forest species is presented. Expand
Catastrophic extinctions follow deforestation in Singapore
Extrapolations of the observed and inferred local extinction data imply that the current unprecedented rate of habitat destruction in Southeast Asia will result in the loss of 13–42% of regional populations over the next century, at least half of which will represent global species extinctions. Expand
Limestone Karsts of Southeast Asia: Imperiled Arks of Biodiversity
It is shown that limestone karsts are “arks” of biodiversity and often contain high levels of endemism, and that limestone quarrying is the primary threat to karst biodiversity in Southeast Asia. Expand
The state and conservation of Southeast Asian biodiversity
Southeast Asia is a region of conservation concern due to heavy losses of its native habitats. In this overview, we highlight the conservation importance of Southeast Asia by comparing its degree ofExpand
Tropical turmoil: a biodiversity tragedy in progress
All is not well for biodiversity in the tropics. Despite recent debate over the extent of future tropical extinctions and the effectiveness of reserve systems, the continued disappearance of habitat,Expand