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Type: Journal article
Title: Marine extinctions revisited
Author: Monte-Luna, P.
Lluch-Belda, D.
Serviere-Zaragoza, E.
Carmona, R.
Reyes-Bonilla, H.
Aurioles-Gamboa, D.
Castro-Aguirre, J.
Guzman del Proo, S.
Trujillo-Millan, O.
Brook, B.
Citation: Fish and Fisheries, 2007; 8(2):107-122
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 1467-2960
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Pablo del Monte-Luna, Daniel Lluch-Belda, Elisa Serviere-Zaragoza, Roberto Carmona, Héctor Reyes-Bonilla, David Aurioles-Gamboa, José Luis Castro-Aguirre, Sergio A. Guzmán del Próo, Oscar Trujillo-Millán and Barry W. Brook
Abstract: In recent years, more than 130 extinctions have been estimated to have occurred in the marine realm. Here we review this body of evidence and show that this figure may actually be overestimated by as much as 50%. We argue that previous estimates have not fully taken into account critical uncertainties such as naturally variable geographical distributions, and have misinterpreted documentary evidence. However, current evidence indicates that some sharks, rays and reef-associated species, although not necessarily geographically restricted, are particularly vulnerable to anthropogenic impacts and now occur in very low numbers. Overestimating extinctions is of concern because it could reduce confidence in the credibility of the ‘extinct’ category in threatened species lists and, ultimately, be used to question the integrity of conservation and management policies. We suggest that when integrating future checklists of marine extinct species, there needs to be a more rigorous use of the terminology of extinction, and participation by specialists in each of the particular taxonomic groups involved.
RMID: 0020070887
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-2679.2007.00240.x
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