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Measuring the Meltdown: Drivers of Global Amphibian Extinction and Decline

Sodhi, Navjot S., Bickford, David, Diesmos, Arvin C., Lee, Tien Ming, Koh, Lian Pin, Brook, Barry W., Sekercioglu, Cagan H. and Bradshaw, Corey J. A. (2008). Measuring the Meltdown: Drivers of Global Amphibian Extinction and Decline. PLoS One,3(2):1-8.

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Title Measuring the Meltdown: Drivers of Global Amphibian Extinction and Decline
Author Sodhi, Navjot S.
Bickford, David
Diesmos, Arvin C.
Lee, Tien Ming
Koh, Lian Pin
Brook, Barry W.
Sekercioglu, Cagan H.
Bradshaw, Corey J. A.
Journal Name PLoS One
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 3
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1932-6203   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 1
End Page 8
Total Pages 8
Place of Publication San Francisco, CA, United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Field of Research 0707 - Veterinary Sciences
1199 - Other Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Habitat loss, climate change, over-exploitation, disease and other factors have been hypothesised in the global decline of amphibian biodiversity. However, the relative importance of and synergies among different drivers are still poorly understood. We present the largest global analysis of roughly 45% of known amphibians (2,583 species) to quantify the influences of life history, climate, human density and habitat loss on declines and extinction risk. Multi-model Bayesian inference reveals that large amphibian species with small geographic range and pronounced seasonality in temperature and precipitation are most likely to be Red-Listed by IUCN. Elevated habitat loss and human densities are also correlated with high threat risk. Range size, habitat loss and more extreme seasonality in precipitation contributed to decline risk in the 2,454 species that declined between 1980 and 2004, compared to species that were stable (n = 1,545) or had increased (n = 28). These empirical results show that amphibian species with restricted ranges should be urgently targeted for conservation.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0001636   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)


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