Climate-diversity relationships underlying cross-taxon diversity of the Africa fauna and their implications for conservation

Stefan Pinkert, Dirk Zeuss, Viola Clausnitzer, Jens Kipping, Klaas-Douwe B. Dijkstra, Stefan Brunzel & Roland Brandl
Aim: Many taxa show remarkable similarities in their diversity patterns and these similarities are commonly used to define large-scale conservation priorities. Here, we investigated the relative importance of contemporary climate and climate change since the Last Glacial Maximum for determining the species richness and rarity patterns of four animal taxa. We assessed the extent to which diversity patterns are congruent across taxa because of similar responses to these climatic aspects and we identify regions that...
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