This chapter reviews the concept of endemism; its relationship to similar concepts, such as diversity and rarity; and the dependence of levels of endemism on spatial and taxonomic scale. It then gives an overview of broad geographic and ecological patterns in species diversity and endemism. It concludes by reviewing the general modes of evolution that give rise to endemic species and the traits that might promote the origin and persistence of endemic species.
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