rare species

Elaine Chittenden chitt at GNDS.MSU.EDU
Tue Jul 29 10:34:46 CDT 1997

>Would anybody like to define what they consider the adjective 'rare' (as
>applied to a species) to mean? This term crops up more frequently nowadays,
>generally in pleas to public bodies to preserve habitats.

Dear Paul:

Here a discussion on rarity that I found useful:  Deborah Raninowitz.  1981.
Seven forms of rarity. in The Biological Aspects of Rare Plant Conservation,
edited by Hugh Synge, Wiley & Sons Ltd., NY 558 pages.

Hope this is of use to you.

Elaine Chittenden        Email:chitt at gnds.msu.edu
Collections Manager, W. J. Beal Botanical Garden, 412 Olds Hall,
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1047

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