Biodiversity, endemism and the conservation of limestone Karsts in the Sangkulirang Peninsula, Borneo

Salas, L.A. and Bedos, A. and Deharveng, L. and Fryer, S. and Hadiaty, R. and Noerdjito, M. and Rahmadi, C. and Riyanto, A. and Ruskamdi, A. and Struebig, Matthew J. and Suhardjono, Y. and Suyanto, Agustinus and Vermeulen, J.J. and Walck, C. and Wiriadinata, H. and Meijaard, Erik and Stanley, S. (2005) Biodiversity, endemism and the conservation of limestone Karsts in the Sangkulirang Peninsula, Borneo. Biodiversity, 6 (2). pp. 15-23. ISSN 1488-8386. (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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The Sangkulirang Peninsula in Indonesia's East Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo has been highlighted as a global priority for karst ecosystem conservation. A team of 19 scientists led by The Nature Conservancy and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences conducted a 5-week biological survey of Sangkulirang's karst mountains between July and August 2004 to determine the conservation relevance of the area based on its species richness and endemism levels. Preliminary results suggest that the peninsula is home to high levels of diversity for plants, snails, insects, birds and bats. The results underline the complementarity of species assemblages in this karst landscape, which is an important result for conservation planning. Because of these differences, more than one site must be protected to ensure the adequate protection of most species in one taxon. Several new species of plants and animals were discovered, including what is probably the largest cave cockroach in the world and a very small blind crab. Preliminary results also show significant threats to this biodiversity due to large-scale fires and, in some areas, illegal logging and hunting. The results of this survey will be used to elaborate or complement a proposal for legal protection and management of the Sangkulirang Peninsula karst ecosystem, in joint efforts with partner organizations and stakeholders, through a World Heritage site nomination.

Item Type: Article
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 11:43
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