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Geometry and scale in species-area relationships.

Authors
  • Pereira, Henrique Miguel1
  • Borda-de-Água, Luís
  • Martins, Inês Santos
  • 1 Centro de Biologia Ambiental, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal. [email protected] , (Portugal)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nature
Publisher
Springer Nature
Publication Date
Feb 22, 2012
Volume
482
Issue
7386
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1038/nature10857
PMID: 22358846
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Arising from F. He & S. P. Hubbell 473, 368-371 (2011). He and Hubbell developed a sampling theory for the species-area relationship (SAR) and the endemics-area relationship (EAR). They argued that the number of extinctions after habitat loss is described by the EAR and that extinction rates in previous studies are overestimates because the EAR is always lower than the SAR. Here we show that their conclusion is not general and depends on the geometry of habitat destruction and the scale of the SAR. We also question their critique of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment estimates, as those estimates are not dependent on the SAR only, although important uncertainties remain due to other methodological issues.

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