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dc.contributor.authorFuller, Laurenen_UK
dc.contributor.authorJohns, Peteren_UK
dc.contributor.authorEwers, Roberten_UK
dc.description.abstractGap analysis is a tool that allows conservationists to quantify the effectiveness of protected areas at representing species diversity, but the lack of distribution maps for invertebrates has precluded its application to the world’s most diverse animal groups. Here, we overcome this limitation and conduct a gap analysis, using niche modelling, on the Pterostichini (Coleoptera: Carabidae) of New Zealand, one of the most diverse and most threatened tribes of ground beetles in the nation. Niche modelling uses data on abiotic parameters to model predicted species ranges based on records of their known distribution, and is a useful tool for conservation planning. This method is widely applicable where there is good taxonomical knowledge of the group in question and distribution records are available. We obtained sample localities from museum records for 67 species of Pterostichini, including 10 species listed as threatened, and modelled their spatial distributions based on climate, landforms and soil properties. Most species had small spatial distributions, with 48–75% of species having ranges of less than 100 000 ha. We found the areas with highest species richness fell largely outside of the protected area network, as did the distribution of most individual species, with just 20–25% of species having more than 30% of their range falling within a protected area. In terms of percent land area, New Zealand has one of the world’s largest protected area networks, but the spatial distribution of that network affords little protection to this group of invertebrates. This analysis provides support for the creation of new reserves to increase the value and efficacy of the protected areas network.en_UK
dc.publisherNew Zealand Ecological Societyen_UK
dc.relationFuller L, Johns P & Ewers R (2013) Assessment of protected area coverage of threatened ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae): a new analysis for New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 37 (2), pp. 184-192.
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dc.subjectgap analysisen_UK
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_UK
dc.titleAssessment of protected area coverage of threatened ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae): a new analysis for New Zealanden_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.rights.embargoreason[Fuller et al 2013 - Gap analysis - New Zealand Journal of Ecology.pdf] Publisher requires embargo of 36 months after formal publication.en_UK
dc.citation.jtitleNew Zealand Journal of Ecologyen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCanterbury Museums & Galleriesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationImperial College Londonen_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorFuller, Lauren|0000-0002-1672-0817en_UK
local.rioxx.authorJohns, Peter|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorEwers, Robert|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.filenameFuller et al 2013 - Gap analysis - New Zealand Journal of Ecology.pdfen_UK
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