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Faunal Biodiversity Research in the Republic of Georgia: A Short Review of Trends, Gaps, and Needs in the Caucasus Biodiversity Hotspot

Version 1 : Received: 22 August 2019 / Approved: 23 August 2019 / Online: 23 August 2019 (11:59:00 CEST)

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We evaluated progress towards animal biodiversity research in Georgia, a key area in the Caucasus biodiversity hotspot. By reviewing recently (1990-2018) published articles in all areas of animal diversity research, we unmasked the trends in biodiversity inventory, ecological and biogeographical studies, and conservation issues in Georgia. We concluded that species inventory and biodiversity research in Georgia has significantly increased during the last ten years, however the rate and extent of investigation is far from satisfactory. Major gaps remain in all branches of animal diversity research in Georgia, and consequently existing knowledge is inadequate to address modern challenges related to species and ecosystem conservation. We urge local governmental authorities and international scientific societies to support development of stronger research facilities and cultivate interest in biodiversity inventory and research in Georgia as an important step towards maintaining globally important biodiversity in the Caucasus.


Caucasus hot-spot; Georgia; animal biodiversity; bibliometry


Biology and Life Sciences, Cell and Developmental Biology

Comments (3)

Comment 1
Received: 29 August 2019
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The commenter has declared there is no conflict of interests.
Comment: Congratulations with this very valuable and timely work and compilation of the database using the published literature. I am not use if this is in scope of your study, but I encourage you to add a paragraph reviewing state of the digitization of the natural history collections and other non-literature sources of biodiversity data in Georgia. You may review the state of the digitally available data using, please note Data about and Data publishing tabs, as well as Activity report. More, there are collaboration and funding opportunities to stimulate progress in data digitization and database use in biodiversity, I am happy to be contacted on the matter. Good luck with final steps with your manuscript!
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Response 1 to Comment 1
Received: 16 November 2019
Commenter: Levan Mumladze
The commenter has declared there is no conflict of interests.
Comment: Thank you for your positive evaluation and also suggestion. Though I think your suggestion would enlarge the scope of ms and also add an interesting piece of information, I was not able to do this additional work in a reasonable time since the digitization of data (for instance biodiversity data, literature, maps etc) needs a it more thorough review (including GBIF and other platforms and libraries existing in Georgia). May be next time
Comment 2
Received: 15 November 2019
Commenter: George Japoshvili
Commenter's Conflict of Interests: I am working in same region and have a considerable experience in the field.
Comment: The paper contains very valuable and important information, however it's far from completeness. It's lacking many faunistic papers from the region, therefore the results does not show realistic picture. Massa et al. 2009, Skuhrava et al. 2013, Riedel et al. 2018 and some others.
As I know authors have changed some information for the final publication, therefore I suggest to change this version with the new one.
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