Ecologists may need to reconsider methods of targeting conservation effort in species rich biodiversity hotspots such as rainforests, according to scientists in the journal Nature, 18 August 2005.
A consortium of scientists, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), has produced the first global database of bird biodiversity. Their analyses show that hotspots of diversity in species richness, rarity and threat occur in widely differing geographical areas and that there is surprisingly little overlap between these patterns.
Co-author Ian Owens from NERC‘s Centre for Population Biology, Imperial College London, who worked on the global database said: ‘This is the first time anyone has put together a detailed map of bird biodiversity on a global scale. What interested us is that this map shows biodiversity patterns are more complicated than we originally thought.
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