The global extinction crisis ignores thousands of affiliated species that are also at risk of being wiped out, making the list of endangered species much larger and more serious than originally thought, says a study produced in part at the University of Alberta.
"What we found is that with the extinction of a bird, or a mammal or a plant, you arent just necessarily wiping out just one, single species," said Dr. Heather Proctor from the U of As Department of Biological Sciences. "Were also allowing all these unsung dependent species to be wiped out as well."
Proctor and a research team lead by Lian Pin Koh of the National University of Singapore and Robert Dunn from the University of Tennessee, calculated the expected levels of co-extinction across a diverse selection of host and associate systems. Their research is published in the current edition of the prestigious journal, "Science."
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