Taxonomic anarchy or an inconvenient truth for conservation? Accelerated species discovery reveals evolutionary patterns and heightened extinction threat in Afro-Malagasy small mammals

@article{Taylor2019TaxonomicAO,
  title={Taxonomic anarchy or an inconvenient truth for conservation? Accelerated species discovery reveals evolutionary patterns and heightened extinction threat in Afro-Malagasy small mammals},
  author={Peter J. Taylor and Christiane Denys and Fenton P.D. Cotterill},
  journal={Mammalia},
  year={2019},
  volume={83},
  pages={313 - 329}
}
We respond to recent criticisms of supposed “taxonomic anarchy” which is said to hamper conservation efforts. Using examples from African small mammals, we document recent increases of 13% (rodents) and 18% (bats) over the past three decades in the number of recognized species of Afro-Malagasy rodents and bats. By reference to a number of case studies involving AfroMalagasy taxa (predominantly from montane habitats), and a suggested four-criterion approach to delimiting species accurately, we… CONTINUE READING

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