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Phylogenetically-informed priorities for amphibian conservation

Isaac, Nick J.B.; Redding, David W.; Meredith, Helen M.; Safi, Kamran. 2012 Phylogenetically-informed priorities for amphibian conservation. PLoS One, 7 (8), e43912. 8, pp. 10.1371/journal.pone.0043912

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Abstract/Summary

The amphibian decline and extinction crisis demands urgent action to prevent further large numbers of species extinctions. Lists of priority species for conservation, based on a combination of species’ threat status and unique contribution to phylogenetic diversity, are one tool for the direction and catalyzation of conservation action. We describe the construction of a near-complete species-level phylogeny of 5713 amphibian species, which we use to create a list of evolutionarily distinct and globally endangered species (EDGE list) for the entire class Amphibia. We present sensitivity analyses to test the robustness of our priority list to uncertainty in species’ phylogenetic position and threat status. We find that both sources of uncertainty have only minor impacts on our ‘top 100‘ list of priority species, indicating the robustness of the approach. By contrast, our analyses suggest that a large number of Data Deficient species are likely to be high priorities for conservation action from the perspective of their contribution to the evolutionary history.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1371/journal.pone.0043912
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity
CEH Sections: Pywell
ISSN: 1932-6203
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited
NORA Subject Terms: Zoology
Date made live: 03 Sep 2012 11:45
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/19465

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