Genetics and the last stand of the Sumatran rhinoceros Dicerorhinus sumatrensis

Abdul Hamid Ahmad, and Junaidi Payne, and Zainal Zahari Zainuddin, and Senthilvel K. S. S. Nathan, and Laurentius N. Ambu, and Goossens, Benoît and Lynn, Milena Salgado and Jeffrine J. Rovie-Ryan, (2013) Genetics and the last stand of the Sumatran rhinoceros Dicerorhinus sumatrensis. ORYX, 47 (3). pp. 340-344. ISSN 0030-6053

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The Sumatran rhinoceros Dicerorhinus sumatrensis is on the brink of extinction. Although habitat loss and poaching were the reasons of the decline, today's reproductive isolation is the main threat to the survival of the species. Genetic studies have played an important role in identifying conservation priorities, including for rhinoceroses. However, for a species such as the Sumatran rhinoceros, where time is of the essence in preventing extinction, to what extent should genetic and geographical distances be taken into account in deciding the most urgently needed conservation interventions? We propose that the populations of Sumatra and Borneo be considered as a single management unit.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dicerorhinus sumatrensis, extinction, genetics, genome resource banking, Sumatran rhinoceros, threatened
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Divisions: SCHOOL > Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Depositing User: Munira
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 00:22
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 00:22

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