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Extinction risk is most acute for the world’s largest and smallest vertebrates

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, September 2017
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Title
Extinction risk is most acute for the world’s largest and smallest vertebrates
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, September 2017
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1702078114
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Authors

William J. Ripple, Christopher Wolf, Thomas M. Newsome, Michael Hoffmann, Aaron J. Wirsing, Douglas J. McCauley

Abstract

Extinction risk in vertebrates has been linked to large body size, but this putative relationship has only been explored for select taxa, with variable results. Using a newly assembled and taxonomically expansive database, we analyzed the relationships between extinction risk and body mass (27,647 species) and between extinction risk and range size (21,294 species) for vertebrates across six main classes. We found that the probability of being threatened was positively and significantly related to body mass for birds, cartilaginous fishes, and mammals. Bimodal relationships were evident for amphibians, reptiles, and bony fishes. Most importantly, a bimodal relationship was found across all vertebrates such that extinction risk changes around a body mass breakpoint of 0.035 kg, indicating that the lightest and heaviest vertebrates have elevated extinction risk. We also found range size to be an important predictor of the probability of being threatened, with strong negative relationships across nearly all taxa. A review of the drivers of extinction risk revealed that the heaviest vertebrates are most threatened by direct killing by humans. By contrast, the lightest vertebrates are most threatened by habitat loss and modification stemming especially from pollution, agricultural cropping, and logging. Our results offer insight into halting the ongoing wave of vertebrate extinctions by revealing the vulnerability of large and small taxa, and identifying size-specific threats. Moreover, they indicate that, without intervention, anthropogenic activities will soon precipitate a double truncation of the size distribution of the world's vertebrates, fundamentally reordering the structure of life on our planet.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 434 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 97 22%
Student > Bachelor 68 16%
Student > Master 67 15%
Researcher 62 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 21 5%
Other 64 15%
Unknown 55 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 192 44%
Environmental Science 111 26%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 20 5%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 11 3%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 5 1%
Other 19 4%
Unknown 76 18%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 585. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 29 April 2021.
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