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C. J. M. Musters, Vincent Kalkman and Arco van Strien Predicting rarity and decline in animals, plants, and mushrooms based on species attributes and indicator groups Ecology and Evolution 3

Version of Record online: 28 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.699

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Random forests make it possible to accurately predict the rarity and decline of many species via their traits. This method can be used to estimate the threat to complete faunas and floras of countries or regions. Vertebrates indicate all animals well, as do birds for all vertebrates and vascular plants for all plants, but butterflies are poor indicators of all insects.

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