Biodiversity Science ›› 2018, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (2): 171-176.doi: 10.17520/biods.2017080

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Predicting the potential distribution of white-lipped deer using the MaxEnt model

Shaopeng Cui1, 2, 3#, Xiao Luo1, 2#, Chunwang Li1, 2, Huijian Hu4, Zhigang Jiang1, 2, *()   

  1. 1 Key Laboratory of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101
    2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049
    3 College of Forestry, Shanxi Agricultural University, Taigu, Shanxi 030801
    4 Guangdong Institute of Applied Biological Resources, Guangzhou 510260
  • Received:2017-03-15 Accepted:2017-11-16 Online:2018-05-05
  • Jiang Zhigang
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    # Co-first authors

Species distribution is critical for developing effective conservation measures. The potential geographic distribution of the white-lipped deer (Przewalskium albirostris), which is endemic to the Qinghai- Tibetan Plateau, was delineated using the Maximum Entropy (MaxEnt) model with 97 occurrence records and 7 environmental variables. The species occurrences were collected from literature and field investigations. Our results showed that the potential range of the white-lipped deer included the eastern part of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and the potential habitat spread from one core region to neighboring regions among Tibet, Qinghai, and Sichuan provinces. The Jackknife test indicated that the topographic variable, temperature seasonality, and annual precipitation were the most important predictive factors for the model, while the human activity variable made a relatively small contribution. The current distribution and status of the white-lipped deer on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau is unclear and we suggest further research is needed on the species.

Key words: MaxEnt, white-lipped deer, Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, potential distribution

Table 1

Environmental variables used to model the potential range of the white-lipped deer"

编码 Code 描述 Description 来源 Source
Bio4 气温季节变化 Temperature seasonality WorldClim database Version 1.4
Bio12 年降水量 Annual precipitation WorldClim database Version 1.4
NDVI_Summer 夏季归一化植被指数 Normalized difference vegetation index in summer Chinese Natural Resources Database
Altitude 海拔 Altitude USGS’s Hydro-1K dataset
Slope 坡度 Slope USGS’s Hydro-1K dataset
HFI 人类足迹指数 Human footprint influence Last of the Wild Data Version 2
Stocking rate 放牧强度 Stocking rate Food and Agriculture Organization

Fig. 1

The Jackknife test for evaluating the relative importance of environmental variables in the development of the MaxEnt model. The blue bar shows the “total gain” achieved with the given predictor only. The green bar shows the “total gain” resulting from inclusion of all predictors except the given predictor. The bottom red bar shows the gain with all variables. For variable meanings, see Table 1."

Fig. 2

The potential distribution of white-lipped deer (Przewalskium albirostris) on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau"

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