Regions with large numbers of endemic species that are extensively threatened by human activities have been termed hotspots ( Myers et al. 2000 ), and these have been prioritized for conservation interventions by many organizations. Most hotspots are found in low‐latitude nations that lack a history of, and capacity for, comprehensive species inventory. Conservation scientists have responded to this situation by pleading for developed nations to invest in long‐term, comprehensive species inventories to more effectively identify priorities for conservation action ( Raven & Wilson 1992 ; Prance & Campbell 1998; Balmford & Gaston 1999 ; Brooks et al. 2004 ). Others are skeptical of the value for conservation of comprehensive species inventory in hotspots (e.g., Janzen 1997 ; Whitten et al. 2001 ; New 2006 ). Inventory is time consuming and expensive ( Ramos et al. 2001 ; Gardner et al. 2008 ), unlikely to be achieved comprehensively for all but the most conspicuous species groups ( Tobler et al. 2007 ; Cáceres et al. 2008 ), and may not even be necessary for effective prioritization ( Grantham et al. 2008 ). Moreover, time to conserve areas is dwindling as rates of habitat destruction in hotpots continue to
Conservation Biology – Wiley
Published: Apr 1, 2010
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