Wallacean biodiversity

The tropical islands of central Malesia (Wallacea) are awash with contrasting habitats from mountain tops to coral reefs. There are multiple threats to the biodiversity that call these islands home.

A review, led by Sabhrina Gita Aninta and Matt Struebig, resulting from five UK and Indonesian government funded projects, studying the Wallacean islands has just been published. The paper outlines the various threats to both terrestrial and marine habitats and makes clear how little we still know about Wallacean biodiversity and it’s evolution across the regions’ environmental gradients and complex geological history.

Header image of forests on Mount Tompotika, east of Luwuk, Sulawesi.

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