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Título: Plant species richness in the Cape Verde islands - ecogeographical determinants
Autor: Duarte, Maria Cristina
Rego, Francisco Castro
Romeiras, Maria Manuel
Moreira, Ilídio
Palavras-chave: biodiversity
conservation
Macaronesia
species-area relationship
species-area-habitat relationship
West Africa
Cape Verde
Data: 2008
Editora: Springer
Citação: "Biodiversity and Conservation". ISSN 0960-3115. 17 (2008) 453-466
Resumo: Plant species richness in the Cape Verde archipelago is examined relative to island eco-geographical factors. Species-area and species-area-habitat relationships are analysed using the classical species-area model and the recently proposed species-choros model. The number of Xoristic zones (used to estimate the choros parameter) provides an adequate estimate of the potential habitat diversity, and the species-choros model achieved a better Wt with both total Xora and endemic species. In addition to area and habitat diversity, longitude also emerges as an important determinant of species diversity, whereas latitude, minimum distance to the nearest island, and total rural population do not display any correlation. As in other insular ecosystems, the species richness (about 140 per 100 km2) is lower than in nearby mainland regions; the proximity to the desert areas of the Sahel can also be seen as related with this low value. The Xoristic heterogeneity in Cape Verde is high, as is usual in island ecosystems. In a comparative analysis of the species richness on the diVerent islands (using -values), Brava stands out as having the highest total Xora species densities, while for endemic Xora Brava and São Nicolau jointly occupy the leading position. The high diversity for both total and endemic species on Santo Antão, São Vicente, São Nicolau, Fogo and Brava reinforces their importance in conservation terms - in the case of most of them, something that is already recognized in the established network of protected areas
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.5/5940
ISSN: 0960-3115
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