Commonness, population depletion and conservation biology.

@article{Gaston2008CommonnessPD,
  title={Commonness, population depletion and conservation biology.},
  author={Kevin J. Gaston and Richard A. Fuller},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  year={2008},
  volume={23 1},
  pages={
          14-9
        }
}
Species conservation practice, as opposed to principle, generally emphasizes species at risk of imminent extinction. This results in priority lists principally of those with small populations and/or geographical ranges. However, recent work emphasizes the importance of common species to ecosystems. Even relatively small proportional declines in their abundance can result in large absolute losses of individuals and biomass, occurrences significantly disrupting ecosystem structure, function and… CONTINUE READING

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