The future of mammals in Southeast Asia: conservation insights from the fossil record

Louys, Julien (2012). The future of mammals in Southeast Asia: conservation insights from the fossil record. In Julien Louys (Ed.), Paleontology in ecology and conservation (pp. 227-238) Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-25038-5_11

Author Louys, Julien
Title of chapter The future of mammals in Southeast Asia: conservation insights from the fossil record
Title of book Paleontology in ecology and conservation
Place of Publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Chapter in textbook
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-25038-5_11
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Year available 2012
Series Springer Earth System Sciences
ISBN 9783642250385
Editor Julien Louys
Chapter number 11
Start page 227
End page 238
Total pages 12
Total chapters 13
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The Pleistocene zoogeographic history of Southeast Asian megafauna are examined in order to determine if any patterns of extinction vulnerability can be discerned, and if so determine which extant megafauna species may be in need of heightened conservation effort. Sites in Southeast Asia were examined for three time periods: Early, Middle and Late Pleistocene, and compared with modern distribution patterns. Taxa were divided into one of four conservation statuses: extinct, critically endangered, endangered and vulnerable. One pattern clearly observable for the species in the extinct and critically endangered categories was a widespread distribution throughout the Pleistocene, only to suffer extreme range reductions or extinctions between the Late Pleistocene and today. At least three species in the endangered category display similar distribution patterns: the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), the tiger (Panthera tigris) and the Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus). Although the panda, and to a more limited extent the tiger are well recognised as conservation priorities, this is less true for the tapir. If the zoogeographic patterns observed for extinct or critically endangered species are any guide, the outlook for the panda, tiger, and tapir, independent of stepped-up conservation efforts, are bleak.
Q-Index Code BX
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

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