Habitat Loss and Extinction in the Hotspots of Biodiversity

  title={Habitat Loss and Extinction in the Hotspots of Biodiversity},
  author={Thomas M. Brooks and Russell A. Mittermeier and Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier and Gustavo A B da Fonseca and Anthony B. Rylands and William R. Konstant and Penny Flick and John D. Pilgrim and Sara Oldfield and Georgina Magin and Craig Hilton‐Taylor},
  journal={Conservation Biology},
Nearly half the world's vascular plant species and one-third of terrestrial vertebrates are endemic to 25 "hotspots" of biodiversity, each of which has at least 1500 endemic plant species. [] Key Result Overall, between one-half and two-thirds of all threatened plants and 57% of all threatened terrestrial verte- brates are hotspot endemics. For birds and mammals, in general, predictions of extinction in the hotspots based on habitat loss match numbers of species independently judged extinct or threatened. In…

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