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No. 246
June 2005

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Major Study Documents Loss of Hawaiian Plant Biodiversity

After more than a decade of collaboration, Warren Wagner from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, and colleagues Stephen Weller and Ann Sakai, both from the University of California at Irvine, have published a book-length monograph documenting the loss of biodiversity in Schiedea (Caryophyllaceae, carnation family) due to global change.

One of the most critically endangered lineages of the 31 genera of plants endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, Schiedea is an excellent example of adaptive radiation. Among its most prominent evolutionary transitions have been remarkable changes in its growth habit, ranging from rainforest vines to cliff-dwelling shrubs. The latter are particularly notable for a lineage within the carnation family, which is normally a family of herbaceous annuals and perennials.

Artwork of Schiedea by Alice Tangerini

Schiedea species occur in an extraordinary range of habitats in the Hawaiian Islands, and the monograph illustrates all of the species and maps their ranges. The authors describe two new species (S. laui and S. perlmanii) in the monograph, along with several species that they had presumed to be extinct but rediscovered during their fieldwork. In addition, the authors did not relocate S. amplexicaulis and S. implexa, which they now consider to be extinct. Most of the other species of Schiedea are at great risk of extinction.

Schiedea is divided into seven sections and 34 species. In four species (formerly treated as a separate genus, Alsinidendron), the floral nectary appendages are flap- or cup-like. These appendages are unique within the carnation family and serve as a key feature to delineate Schiedea as a monophyletic group resulting from a single colonization of the Hawaiian Islands. Molecular information indicates that a clade of two small circumboreal-Alaskan genera is most closely related to Schiedea, suggesting that the ancestor of this subtropical genus colonized the Hawaiian Islands from a north temperate-boreal region.

This research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation; the National Geographic Society; and the Smithsonian's Scholarly Studies, Andrew W. Mellon Smithsonian Fellowships, and Walcott Botanical fund.

Information Highway Hi-Lites

The Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC) <> was founded in 1959 by sea turtle champions such as ecologist Archie Carr, who served as the CCC's Scientific Director for nearly three decades. As the oldest sea turtle organization on the globe, the CCC "works to enact protective laws and establish refuges for the preservation of sea turtle habitats and coastal environments." The CCC created the Sea Turtle Survival League (STSL) in 1993 "as a public education and advocacy program to begin addressing the threats that face U.S. sea turtle populations." The CCC & STSL website contains information about a number of sea turtle programs and projects, tracking sea turtles, different sea turtle species, and ways to become a sea turtle conservationist. CCC also offers a public discussion board, a variety of downloadable publications (including activities for kids), and a collection of related links.

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The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) <> is a nonprofit organization working to "conserve wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas." The ABC website provides informative and useful features such as the Bird Conservation Directory, a searchable directory of contact information for professionals engaged in bird conservation throughout the Americas, and the downloadable Birdwatcher's Guide to Global Warming. The site also provides information about ABC membership and a variety of conservation programs such as Partners in Flight, Cats Indoors, The North American Bird Conservation Initiative, and the Pesticides and Birds Campaign. Site visitors may also view past copies of the ABC newsletter; and sign up for free email bulletins containing conservation action alerts, information, and news.

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