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Plant and Animal Endemism in California$
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Susan Harrison

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520275546

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520275546.001.0001

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Synthesis and Conclusions

Synthesis and Conclusions

(p.133) 6 Synthesis and Conclusions
Plant and Animal Endemism in California

Susan P. Harrison

University of California Press

Summarizing the results of the foregoing chapters, this one concludes that (1) plant endemism does not appear to stimulate animal endemism; (2) endemism in California appears to be attributable in large part to climatic stability combined with limited dispersal, and these factors appear to affect plants more than most animals; (3) reduced extinction may be more important, and elevated speciation less important, for Californian plant endemism than was previously thought; (4) biogeographic barriers and physical heterogeneity may play only subsidiary roles in causing high Californian endemism.

Keywords:   endemism, diversity, plants, animals, conservation

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