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An area which contains a large number of rare or endangered species and for that reason is designated for protection. Identifying hot spots is the traditional technique by which sites are selected for protection, but it tends to concentrate that protection on a small number of areas, leaving others, and the many species in them, unprotected. Many conservation biologists prefer to identify conservation areas by gap analysis.

Subjects: Ecology and Conservation — Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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