Conservation Priority Comparison of Two Major Valleys on Central Taurus Mt. via Alpha Beta Diversity Analysis

Akkurt S., Berberoğlu E., AVCI M.

9th Biennial Conference of the International Biogeography Society, Malaga, Spain, 8 - 12 January 2019, pp.172

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Malaga
  • Country: Spain
  • Page Numbers: pp.172


Central Taurus mountain range is located in the Mediterranean region and part of the Alp-Himalayan chain which hosts the highest number of endemic plant species in Turkey. The area is among Earth’s most important biodiversity hotspots "Mediterranean Basin Hotspot-Priority Corridor", including two Important Plant Areas (IPA). Central Taurus mountain range starts from the Mediterranean coast and rises up to 3000
meters; containing diverse ecological regions as a cumulative result of topographic variations, climatic conditions, and geological features. Due to its millennia-old civilization history and recent human activities such as mass tourism, intense agriculture; the area has been subjected to high-level anthropogenic degradation. Here we put forward comparative plant diversity of two major valleys via alpha, beta diversity measurements in an analytic manner which will help decision makers for the selection of priority sites to be protected. Shannon Wiener diversity index is used for the species diversity measurements of plant communities and beta diversity of different communities was analyzed via Whittaker Differential Equation.