Biodiversity: Species loss revisited

@article{Rahbek2011BiodiversitySL,
  title={Biodiversity: Species loss revisited},
  author={Carsten Rahbek and Robert K. Colwell},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2011},
  volume={473},
  pages={288-289}
}
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