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Chinese Birds 2013, 4(3) 248-253 DOI:   10.5122/cbirds.2013.0021  ISSN: 1674-7674 CN: 11-5870/Q

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evolutionary heritage
systematic conservation planning
phylogenetic theory
Youhua CHEN
Article by Youhua CHEN

Conservation priority for endemic birds of mainland China based on a phylogenetic framework

Youhua CHEN

Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, V6T 1Z4, Canada


In this report, a conservation priority scenario for endemic birds of mainland China is proposed from a phylogenetic perspective. By utilizing and comparing seven phylogenetic diversity (PD) indices, the study shows that the top five endemic birds with high conservation priority are Arborophila ardens, A. gingica, A. rufipectus, Lophophorus lhuysii and Alectoris magna respectively. The ranking of species, based on the IUCN Red List and PD indices, were compared by means of a Wilcox signed rank test and Pearson’s correlation, drawing the inference that the PD ranking of endemic birds for mainland China shows a distinct and statistically significant difference from the IUCN ranking. Therefore, the ranking of conservation priority for endemic birds of China using PD indices might offer new insights on species conservation from an evolutionary-heritage perspective, serving as a complement to the IUCN ranking.

Keywords evolutionary heritage   systematic conservation planning   phylogenetic theory  
Received 2013-04-21 Revised 2013-07-30 Online:  
DOI: 10.5122/cbirds.2013.0021
Corresponding Authors: Youhua CHEN
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