Biodiversity Hotspots

Distribution and Protection of Conservation Priority Areas

  • Frank E. Zachos
  • Jan Christian Habel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introductory and Global Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Russell A. Mittermeier, Will R. Turner, Frank W. Larsen, Thomas M. Brooks, Claude Gascon
      Pages 3-22
    3. T. Jonathan Davies, Marc W. Cadotte
      Pages 43-60
    4. Jens Mutke, Jan Henning Sommer, Holger Kreft, Gerold Kier, Wilhelm Barthlott
      Pages 83-96
    5. Guido Barbujani, Vincenza Colonna
      Pages 97-119
  3. Biodiversity in the Palaearctic

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Godfrey M. Hewitt
      Pages 123-147
    3. Georg Grabherr, Michael Gottfried, Harald Pauli
      Pages 149-163
    4. Ronald Sluys, Mansour Aliabadian, Cees S. Roselaar
      Pages 165-173
    5. Miklós Bálint, Lujza Ujvárosi, Kathrin Theissinger, Stephanie Lehrian, Noémi Mészáros, Steffen U. Pauls
      Pages 189-205
  4. Biodiversity in Madagascar

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Nadine V. M. Fritz-Vietta, H. Barry Ferguson, Susanne Stoll-Kleemann, Jörg U. Ganzhorn
      Pages 209-233
    3. Philip-Sebastian Gehring, Jörn Köhler, Axel Strauß, Roger D. Randrianiaina, Julian Glos, Frank Glaw et al.
      Pages 235-254
  5. Biodiversity in the Tropics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Janice S. H. Lee, John Garcia-Ulloa, Lian Pin Koh
      Pages 277-293
    3. Kristen J. Williams, Andrew Ford, Dan F. Rosauer, Naamal De Silva, Russell Mittermeier, Caroline Bruce et al.
      Pages 295-310
    4. Christian Sturmbauer, Martin Husemann, Patrick D. Danley
      Pages 333-362
    5. Milton Cezar Ribeiro, Alexandre Camargo Martensen, Jean Paul Metzger, Marcelo Tabarelli, Fábio Scarano, Marie-Josee Fortin
      Pages 405-434
    6. Marco Rieckmann, Maik Adomßent, Werner Härdtle, Patricia Aguirre
      Pages 435-452
  6. Marine Biodiversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 469-469
    2. Marjorie L. Reaka, Sara A. Lombardi
      Pages 471-501
  7. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 527-527
    2. Frank E. Zachos, Russell A. Mittermeier, Jan C. Habel
      Pages 529-536
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 537-546

About this book


Biodiversity and its conservation are among the main global topics in science and politics and perhaps the major challenge for the present and coming generations. This book written by international experts from different disciplines comprises general chapters on diversity and its measurement, human impacts on biodiversity hotspots on a global scale, human diversity itself and various geographic regions exhibiting high levels of diversity. The areas covered range from genetics and taxonomy to evolutionary biology, biogeography and the social sciences. In addition to the classic hotspots in the tropics, the book also highlights various other ecosystems harbouring unique species communities including coral reefs and the Southern Ocean. The approach taken considers, but is not limited to, the original hotspot definition sensu stricto and presents a chapter introducing the 35th hotspot, the forests of East Australia. While, due to a bias in data availability, the majority of contributions on particular taxa deal with vertebrates and plants, some also deal with the less-studied invertebrates. This book will be essential reading for anyone involved with biodiversity, particularly researchers and practitioners in the fields of conservation biology, ecology and evolution.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Frank E. Zachos
    • 1
  • Jan Christian Habel
    • 2
  1. 1., Mammal CollectionNatural History Museum ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Naturelle, LuxembourgMusée National de HistoireLuxembourgLuxembourg

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