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A return-on-investment approach for prioritization of rigorous taxonomic research needed to inform responses to the biodiversity crisis

Melville, Jane; Chapple, David G.; Keogh, J. Scott; Sumner, Joanna; Amey, Andrew; Bowles, Phil; Brennan, Ian; Couper, Patrick; Donnellan, Stephen C.; Doughty, Paul; Edwards, Danielle L.; Ellis, Ryan J.; Esquerre, Damien; Fenker, Jessica; Gardner, Michael G.; Georges, Arthur; Haines, Margaret L.; Hoskin, Conrad J.; Hutchinson, Mark; Moritz, Craig; Nankivell, James; Oliver, Paul; Pavón-Vázquez, Carlos J.; Pepper, Mitzy; Rabosky, Daniel L.; Sanders, Kate; Shea, Glenn; Singhal, Sonal; Wilmer, Jessica Worthington; Tingley, Reid

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Global biodiversity loss is a profound consequence of human activity. Disturbingly, biodiversity loss is greater than realized because of the unknown number of undocumented species. Conservation fundamentally relies on taxonomic recognition of species, but only a fraction of biodiversity is described. Here, we provide a new quantitative approach for prioritizing rigorous taxonomic research for conservation. We implement this approach in a highly diverse vertebrate group—Australian lizards and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2021-06-01
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/267495
Source: PLOS Biology
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3001210
Access Rights: Open Access

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