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FloCan : A Revised Checklist for the Flora of the Canary Islands

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Beierkuhnlein, Carl ; Walentowitz, Anna J. ; Welss, Walter:
FloCan : A Revised Checklist for the Flora of the Canary Islands.
In: Diversity. Vol. 13 (2021) Issue 10 . - No. 480.
ISSN 1424-2818
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/d13100480

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The flora of the Canary Islands has been subject to botanical studies for more than 200 years. Several biodiversity databases are available for the archipelago. However, there are various drivers of change in real biodiversity and the knowledge about it constantly needs to be kept track of. Island floras are both: exposed to species loss and to species introductions, either through natural processes or by anthropogenic drivers. Additionally, the evolution of endemic plant species plays a substantial role. Endemic species are sensitive to population decline due to small population sizes and possible low competitiveness against incoming species. Additionally, there is continuous progress in systematics and taxonomy. Species names or their taxonomic attribution can be modified. Here, we check published plant lists for the Canary Islands and literature, and compile currently accepted taxa into an updated checklist. For this FloCan checklist, several sources were compiled, checked for completeness and quality, and their taxonomy was updated. We illustrate how far plant names are considered in regional or global databases. This work represents the current state of knowledge on Canary Island plant diversity, including introduced and recently described taxa. We provide a comprehensive and updated basis for biogeographical and macroecological studies. Particularly, the number of non-native species is being extended substantially. The adaptation to standard international nomenclature supports integration into large-scale studies.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: alien species; archipelago; biodiversity; databases; endemism; evolutionary arena; GBIF; invasive species; island biogeography; island biota; Macaronesia; macroecology; non-native alien species; plants; TRY; EU Biodiversity Strategy
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Biogeography
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Biogeography > Chair Biogeography - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Carl Beierkuhnlein
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 550 Earth sciences, geology
500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2021 09:00
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2021 09:00
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/67149