[Taxacom] Biodiversity and Species Value
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Mon May 31 21:59:54 CDT 2010
On 5/31/2010 6:07 PM, Kenneth Kinman wrote:
> Hi Robin,
> Family Crasionycteridae is endangered due to human activity,
> particularly deforestation. Therefore I think humans should do what
> they can to mitigate that damage. It is often called the bumblebee bat,
> because it is the smallest of all bats, and considered by many to be the
> smallest of ALL mammals.
> Anyway, I see that it is on the EDGE Species List (EDGE =
> Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered). I've always thought
> such species are special and should a higher level of protection than
> species in speciose genera and families, and was glad to see the EDGE
> Society formed a few years ago to promote that view. I still think they
> are deserving of priority protection, especially when humans caused
> their endangered situation.
So you'd rather we save an "evolutionarily distinct" species that by
definition tickles our fancy than an "ordinary" species that is a
keystone species in an endangered community? Interesting priority.
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