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Biodiversity Mapping: The ‘John Gould’ Component of Tropical Biology
Article first published online: 27 MAY 2010
© 2010 The Author(s). Journal compilation © 2010 by The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Volume 42, Issue 5, pages 543–545, September 2010
How to Cite
Longino, J. T. (2010), Biodiversity Mapping: The ‘John Gould’ Component of Tropical Biology. Biotropica, 42: 543–545. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-7429.2010.00659.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 27 MAY 2010
- Received 11 April 2010; revision accepted 15 April 2010.
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One can take a pessimistic or optimistic view of the future of tropical biodiversity and still find a strong rational for detailed ‘biodiversity mapping’. The maps should be detailed descriptions of species and their geographic ranges, based on real specimens in research collections, and all linked to extensive electronic resources. Support is needed for the makers of the biodiversity map, who are at the nexus of systematics and ecology. Biodiversity mapping should be accompanied by taxon-specific short courses that introduce students to specimen preparation and basic identification skills, fostering strong interactions among ecologists and systematists.