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Habitat suitability for primate conservation in north-east Brazil

Habitat suitability for primate conservation in north-east Brazil
Habitat suitability for primate conservation in north-east Brazil

Brazil has a high diversity of primates, but increasing anthropogenic pressures and climate change could influence forest cover in the country and cause future changes in the distribution of primate populations. Here we aim to assess the long-term suitability of habitats for the conservation of three threatened Brazilian primates (Alouatta belzebul, Sapajus flavius and Sapajus libidinosus) through (1) estimating their current and future distributions using species distribution models, (2) evaluating how much of the areas projected to be suitable is represented within protected areas and priority areas for biodiversity conservation, and (3) assessing the extent of remaining forest cover in areas predicted to be suitable for these species. We found that 88% of the suitable areas are outside protected areas and only 24% are located in areas with forest cover. Although not within protected areas, 27% of the climatically suitable areas are considered priority areas for conservation. Future projections, considering a severe climate change scenario, indicate that A. belzebul, S. flavius and S. libidinosus may lose up to 94, 98 and 54% of their suitable range, respectively. The establishment of primate populations and their long-term survival in these areas are at risk. Mitigation actions such as the implementation of new protected areas, forest restoration and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions will be essential for the conservation of Brazilian primates.

Brazil, climate change, future range shift, gap analysis, primates, priority areas, protected areas, species distribution models
0030-6053
803-813
Moraes, Bárbara
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Razgour, Orly
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Souza-alves, João Pedro
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Boubli, Jean P.
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Moraes, Bárbara, Razgour, Orly, Souza-alves, João Pedro, Boubli, Jean P. and Bezerra, Bruna (2020) Habitat suitability for primate conservation in north-east Brazil. Oryx, 54 (6), 803-813. (doi:10.1017/S0030605319001388).

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Abstract

Brazil has a high diversity of primates, but increasing anthropogenic pressures and climate change could influence forest cover in the country and cause future changes in the distribution of primate populations. Here we aim to assess the long-term suitability of habitats for the conservation of three threatened Brazilian primates (Alouatta belzebul, Sapajus flavius and Sapajus libidinosus) through (1) estimating their current and future distributions using species distribution models, (2) evaluating how much of the areas projected to be suitable is represented within protected areas and priority areas for biodiversity conservation, and (3) assessing the extent of remaining forest cover in areas predicted to be suitable for these species. We found that 88% of the suitable areas are outside protected areas and only 24% are located in areas with forest cover. Although not within protected areas, 27% of the climatically suitable areas are considered priority areas for conservation. Future projections, considering a severe climate change scenario, indicate that A. belzebul, S. flavius and S. libidinosus may lose up to 94, 98 and 54% of their suitable range, respectively. The establishment of primate populations and their long-term survival in these areas are at risk. Mitigation actions such as the implementation of new protected areas, forest restoration and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions will be essential for the conservation of Brazilian primates.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 28 September 2020
Published date: 1 November 2020
Keywords: Brazil, climate change, future range shift, gap analysis, primates, priority areas, protected areas, species distribution models

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Local EPrints ID: 449217
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/449217
ISSN: 0030-6053
PURE UUID: 66fd74bd-5685-4e67-ab34-f7a1b9a89f6f
ORCID for Orly Razgour: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3186-0313

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Date deposited: 19 May 2021 18:19
Last modified: 26 Nov 2021 03:05

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Author: Bárbara Moraes
Author: Orly Razgour ORCID iD
Author: João Pedro Souza-alves
Author: Jean P. Boubli
Author: Bruna Bezerra

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