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Extinction risk assessment of the world’s seagrass species.


Short, Frederick T. and Polidoro, Beth and Livingstone, Suzanne R. and Carpenter, Kent E. and Bandeira, Salomao and Bujang, Japar Sidik and Calumpong, Hilconida P. and Carruthers, Tim J.B. and Coles, Robert G. and Dennison, William C. and Erftemeijer, Paul L.A. and Fortes, Miguel D. and Freeman, Aaren S. and Jagtap, T.G. and M. Kamal, Abu Hena and Kendrick, Gary A. and Kenworthy, W. Judson and La Nafie, Yayu A. and Nasution, Ichwan M. and Orth, Robert J. and Prathep, Anchana and Sanciangco, Jonnell C. and Van Tussenbroek, Brigitta and Vergara, Sheila G. and Waycott, Michelle and Zieman, Joseph C. (2011) Extinction risk assessment of the world’s seagrass species. Biological Conservation, 144 (7). pp. 1961-1971. ISSN 0006-3207


Seagrasses, a functional group of marine flowering plants rooted in the world’s coastal oceans, support marine food webs and provide essential habitat for many coastal species, playing a critical role in the equilibrium of coastal ecosystems and human livelihoods. For the first time, the probability of extinction is determined for the world’s seagrass species under the Categories and Criteria of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Several studies have indicated that seagrass habitat is declining worldwide. Our focus is to determine the risk of extinction for individual seagrass species, a 4-year process involving seagrass experts internationally, compilation of data on species’ status, populations, and distribution, and review of the biology and ecology of each of the world’s seagrass species. Ten seagrass species are at elevated risk of extinction (14% of all seagrass species), with three species qualifying as Endangered. Seagrass species loss and degradation of seagrass biodiversity will have serious repercussions for marine biodiversity and the human populations that depend upon the resources and ecosystem services that seagrasses provide.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2011.04.010
Publisher: Elsevier
Keywords: Seagrass; Red List; Extinction; Threatened; Endangered; Biodiversity.
Depositing User: Umikalthom Abdullah
Date Deposited: 21 May 2014 05:00
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2016 03:02
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