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Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. Volume 46.1 (2023) Pages: 79-86

Common names of the Asiatic ibex superspecies at a turning point in its taxonomy and management

Sarasa, M.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2023.46.0079

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Abstract

Common names of species matter in species management. However, taxonomic inertia and a blurred perception of a species can hinder the updating of framework documents and conservation schemes. Ibexes from Asia are a notable case of a polytypic species with numerous common names. This review examines data on the common names and taxonomy used for this superspecies. Some taxonomic units and common names are more consistent with recent genetic data than others and highlight management and/or conservation issues. The standardized use of this information in management schemes for the Capra sibirica complex will help lessen the risk of the extinction of distinguishable ibex conservation units from Asia, and, indirectly, of other species that share their geographical ranges.

Keywords

Biodiversity conservation, Capra sibirica, Human perception, Phylogenetic species concept, Polytypic taxon, Conservation units

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Sarasa, M., 2023. Common names of the Asiatic ibex superspecies at a turning point in its taxonomy and management. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 46: 79-86, DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2023.46.0079

Reception date:

26/01/2023

Acceptation date:

17/02/2023

Publication date:

03/03/2023

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