Island Biodiversity

Biodiversity of Plants (University of California -- San Diego)

Biodiversity of Plants (University of California -- San Diego)

“Although islands account for less than four percent of the Earth’s land area, they harbor nearly a quarter of the world’s plants, more than 70,000 species that don’t occur on the mainlands. Vertebrate land animals – birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals – broadly follow this same pattern.”

Scientists from three universities have developed a weighted measure of biodiversity and applied it to 90 biogeographic regions. By their measure, the “populations of plants and vertebrate animals are eight to nine times as rich” in island ecosystems as compared with continental ecosystems. See this article in Science Daily for details.

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Published in: on May 19, 2009 at 4:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

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