Distribution patterns of flora and fauna in southern Chilean Coastal rain forests: Integrating Natural History and GIS

  title={Distribution patterns of flora and fauna in southern Chilean Coastal rain forests: Integrating Natural History and GIS},
  author={Cecilia Smith‐Ram{\'i}rez and Iv{\'a}n A. D{\'i}az and Patricio Pliscoff and Claudio Valdovinos and Marco A. M{\'e}ndez and Juan Larra{\'i}n and Horacio Samaniego},
  journal={Biodiversity and Conservation},
Knowledge of species richness centers is necessary for the design of conservation areas. In this study, we present a GIS analysis of two years of field data on animal and plant diversity distributions in evergreen, coastal rain forests of southern Chile (39°30′–41°25′ S). Despite their high endemism, these forests have remained largely unprotected. Field records were complemented with data from museum collections and scientific literature. We used selected environmental variables… 

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