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What is special about South Africa's Biodiversity and why it is worth conserving?
Transcript of What is special about South Africa's Biodiversity and why it is worth conserving?
South Africa's Biodiversity
and why is it worth conserving? Richard Knight
Biodiversity & Conservation Biology,
University of the Western Cape email: knight.rich[at]gmail.com South Africa is the third most biodiversity rich country in the world It is home to more than 22 000 plant species 80% of the plant species occur nowhere else South Africa has 5.8% of the world's mammal species has 8% of the world's bird species has 4.6% of the world's reptile species has 16% of marine fish species has 5.5% of the world's recorded insect species has almost 15% of the world's total coastal species (12% of these occurring nowhere else) South Africa ranks as the 24th richest in the world in terms of total endemic species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians