Ranking hotspots of varying sizes: a lesson from the nonlinearity of the species-area relationship Academic Article uri icon


  • In the face of the current rapid loss of biodiversity, there is no doubt that prioritizing conservation efforts is highly important. Indeed, one of the most popular topics in conservation biology is hotspots. There are different types of hotspots—for example, endemic (Myers et al. 2000) and rare (Prendergast et al. 1993) species-rich areas—but almost all share the same basic goal of identifying unprotected areas characterized by high concentrations of species threatened by habitat degradation. One of the central questions …

publication date

  • January 1, 2003