Bats of Borneo: diversity, distributions and representation in protected areas

Struebig, Matthew J. and Christy, Lenny and Pio, Dorothea P. and Meijaard, Erik (2010) Bats of Borneo: diversity, distributions and representation in protected areas. Biodiversity and Conservation, 19 (2). pp. 449-469. ISSN 0960-3115. (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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Protected areas are valuable in conserving tropical biodiversity, but an insufficient understanding of species diversity and distributions makes it difficult to evaluate their effectiveness. This is especially true on Borneo, a species rich island shared by three countries, and is particularly concerning for bats, a poorly known component of mammal diversity that may be highly susceptible to landscape changes. We reviewed the diversity, distributions and conservation status of 54 bat species to determine the representation of these taxa in Borneo’s protected areas, and whether these reserves complement each other in terms of bat diversity. Lower and upper bound estimates of bat species composition were characterised in 23 protected areas and the proposed boundaries of the Heart of Borneo conservation area. We used lower and upper bound estimates of species composition. By using actual inventories, species representation was highly irregular, and even if some reserves were included in the Heart of Borneo, the protected area network would still exhibit low complementarity. By inferring species presence from distributions, composition between most reserves was similar, and complementarity was much higher. Predicting species richness using abundance information suggested that bat species representation in reserves may lie between these two extremes. We recommend that researchers better sample biodiversity over the island and address the conservation threats faced in Borneo both within and outside protected areas. While the Heart of Borneo Initiative is commendable, it should not divert attention from other conservation areas.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: Y1 - 2010/02// [EPrints field already has value set] M3 - 10.1007/s10531-008-9482-5 [Field not mapped to EPrints] JA - BIODIVERS CONSERV [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: Heart of Borneo, Chiroptera, Gap analysis, Species richness prediction, Southeast Asia, Forest, Tropical conservation, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Matthew Struebig
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 11:07
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2014 09:05
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