Naturwissenschaften

, Volume 88, Issue 10, pp 427–430 | Cite as

Biogeographic methods identify gymnosperm biodiversity hotspots

  • Raúl Contreras-Medina
  • Juan J. Morrone
  • Isolda Luna Vega
Short Communication

Abstract

A remarkable congruence among areas of endemism, panbiogeographic nodes, and refugia in western North America, Japan, south-western China, Tasmania, and New Caledonia indicates that these areas deserve special status for conservation. Here we propose that areas identified by different biogeographic methods are significant candidates for designation as hotspots.

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© Springer-Verlag 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Raúl Contreras-Medina
    • 1
  • Juan J. Morrone
    • 1
  • Isolda Luna Vega
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Biología Evolutiva, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Apdo. Postal 70-399, 04510 Mexico, D.F.Mexico

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