Habitat Loss and Extinction in the Hotspots of Biodiversity

  title={Habitat Loss and Extinction in the Hotspots of Biodiversity},
  author={T. Brooks and R. Mittermeier and C. G. Mittermeier and G. Fonseca and A. Rylands and W. Konstant and Penny Flick and J. Pilgrim and S. Oldfield and G. Magin and C. Hilton-Taylor},
  journal={Conservation Biology},
  • T. Brooks, R. Mittermeier, +8 authors C. Hilton-Taylor
  • Published 2002
  • Biology
  • 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…Expand Abstract
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