Book Review of Conservation by Proxy: Indicator, Umbrella, Keystone, Flagship, and Other Surrogate Species
In the tallgrass prairies of the United States, the regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia) often is considered a reliable indicator of high quality remnant habitat. Purple milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens) is considered an indicator of high quality oak savanna habitat at the edge of prairie. Indicator and other surrogate species often are regarded as inescapable necessities in conservation, because limited budgets and the myriad pieces of an ecosystem render comprehensive monitoring impossible. Regardless of whether or not surrogate species are necessary, do they really work?
This review is published as T. J. Grant, P. G. Eyheralde, M. S. C. Telemeco, A. L. Moorhouse, R. A. Reeves, K. Grimlund, A. Podaril, S. E. Emeterio, and R. W. Klaver. Book Review: Conservation by Proxy: Indicator, Umbrella, Keystone, Flagship, and Other Surrogate Species. Prairie Naturalist 46:109-110.