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Conservation Biology

Egan, Ashley N. [1].

Building a case for conservation of Pediomelum: a conversation on endemism.

Small range size is often associated with higher extinction risk in plants. Endemic plants, those that are narrowly distributed due to some kind of habitat constraint, are at even great risk. Pediomelum is a genus in the Fabaceae family with 24 species native to North America. Of these species, more than 70% exhibit small range sizes and are likely endemic due to specific soil substrate or another habitat restriction. Here, I investigate the presence of endemism and small range size of Pediomelum within the context of phylogeny and explore evolutionary lineage effects and/or phylogenetic inertia may be explanatory of the distribution of endemic status across the genus. I also present two species as case studies and discuss endemism in the context of conservation needs that may exist across this genus.

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1 - Utah Valley University, Biology, 800 W University Parkway, MS 299, Orem, UT, 84058, United States


Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: CB03, Conservation Biology 3
Location: /
Date: Wednesday, July 21st, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM(EDT)
Number: CB03003
Abstract ID:1003
Candidate for Awards:None


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