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The status of the world's land and marine mammals: Diversity, threat, and knowledge

Schipper, Jan, Chanson, Janice S., Chiozza, Federica, Cox, Neil A., Hoffmann, Michael, Katariya, Vineet, Lamoreux, John, Rodrigues, Ana S. L., Stuart, Simon N., Temple, Helen J., and others. (2008) The status of the world's land and marine mammals: Diversity, threat, and knowledge. Science, 322 (5899). pp. 225-230. ISSN 0036-8075. (doi:10.1126/science.1165115) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Knowledge of mammalian diversity is still surprisingly disparate, both regionally and taxonomically. Here, we present a comprehensive assessment of the conservation status and distribution of the world's mammals. Data, compiled by 1700+ experts, cover all 5487 species, including marine mammals. Global macroecological patterns are very different for land and marine species but suggest common mechanisms driving diversity and endemism across systems. Compared with land species, threat levels are higher among marine mammals, driven by different processes (accidental mortality and pollution, rather than habitat loss), and are spatially distinct (peaking in northern oceans, rather than in Southeast Asia). Marine mammals are also disproportionately poorly known. These data are made freely available to support further scientific developments and conservation action.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1126/science.1165115
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Maureen Cook
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2009 15:31 UTC
Last Modified: 28 May 2019 13:53 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/15654 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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