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Implications of changing species definitions for conservation purposes

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 September 2007

Stephen T. Garnett
Affiliation:
School for Environmental Research, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT, 0909 Australia
Les Christidis
Affiliation:
Australian Museum, Sydney, NSW, 2010 Australia and Department of Genetics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic, 3052, Australia
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Abstract

Concern has been expressed that failure to adopt phylogenetic or related species concepts will result in biodiversity loss. Here we describe how widespread adoption of such concepts may affect conservation administration and the social contract with elected governments that fund management of threatened species. We then review threatened species legislation, showing that most laws and international conventions avoid arguments over species' definitions altogether, thus negating arguments that such definitions should be changed to further species' conservation.

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Copyright © Birdlife International 2007

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