Antarctic biogeography revisited: updating the Antarctic Conservation Biogeographic Regions

Aleks Terauds, Jasmine R. Lee

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The Antarctic Conservation Biogeographic Regions (ACBRs), originally proposed in 2012, are now established as an important tool in Antarctic science, conservation, management and policy. Here, we provide a revised version of the ACBRs, reflecting updates in underlying spatial layers, together with the results of new analyses justifying the inclusion of a 16th bioregion. This updated version now covers all ice-free areas of Antarctica and is publicly available through the Australian Antarctic Data Centre. In light of the interest in the ACBRs across a variety of research fields, we also provide a new set of summary statistics for the updated spatial layer, including landscape metrics, climate data, protected area coverage and an overview of human activity. The updated ACBRs represent a contemporary, practical and evidence-based foundation for understanding, conserving and managing Antarctic biodiversity at a continental scale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)836-840
Number of pages5
JournalDiversity and Distributions
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


  • Antarctic biodiversity
  • Antarctic Conservation Biogeographic Regions
  • biogeographical zones
  • conservation planning
  • multivariate analyses
  • spatial ecology

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