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Biogeographic methods identify gymnosperm biodiversity hotspots


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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Accepted in revised form: 15 July 2001

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Contreras-Medina, R., Morrone, J.J. & Luna Vega, I. Biogeographic methods identify gymnosperm biodiversity hotspots. Naturwissenschaften 88, 427–430 (2001).

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