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The challenge of conserving amphibian megadiversity in Madagascar

AutorAndreone, Franco; Carpenter, Angus I.; Cox, Neil; Preez, Louis du; Freeman, Karen; Furrer, Samuel; García, Gerardo; Glaw, Frank; Glos, Julian; Knox, David; Köhler, Jörn; Mendelson III, Joseph R.; Mercurio, Vincenzo; Mittermeier, Russell A.; Moore, Robin D.; Rabibisoa, Nirhy H. C.; Randriamahazo, Herilala; Randrianasolo, Harison; Raminosoa, Noromalala R.; Ramilijaona, Olga R.; Raxworthy, Christopher J.; Vallan, Denis; Vences, Miguel; Vieites, David R. ; Weldon, Ché
Palabras claveAmphibian fauna
Frogs
Madagascar
Global Amphibian Assessment (GAA)
Endemic species
Biodiversity
Conservation strategy
Protected areas
Fecha de publicación6-may-2008
EditorPublic Library of Science
CitaciónPLoS Biol 6(5): e118
ResumenFrogs from Madagascar constitute one of the richest groups of amphibian fauna in the world, with currently 238 described species; caecilians and salamanders are absent. Several frog radiations of the island are species-rich and parallel lemurs and tenrecs in their astonishing morphological and ecological diversity. According to the Global Amphibian Assessment (GAA), Madagascar ranks as the country with the 12th highest amphibian species richness (see also http://www.globalamphibians.org), but this is likely an underestimate, because an additional 182 candidate species have been identified since. Diversity is concentrated in rainforests and can locally reach over 100 species. Impressively, 100% of the autochthonous species and 88% of the genera are strictly endemic to Madagascar and its inshore islands. Most of these species belong to two radiations of astonishing ecomorphological and reproductive diversity, the mantellids and the scaphiophrynine plus cophyline microhylids.
Descripción4 pages, 2 figures.-- PMID: 18462021 [PubMed].-- PMCID: PMC2365978.
Versión del editorhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.0060118
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/12826
DOI10.1371/journal.pbio.0060118
ISSN1544-9173 (Print)
1545-7885 (Online)
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