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"Surrogate species are used to represent other species populations, a subset of species, or aspects of various environments...The concept involves many terms or buzzwords: focus, keystone, umbrella, target, foundation, flagship, engineering, and others, all loosely used and ill defined. The objective is to bring clarity and consistency in their use and to assess their usefulness relative to specific conservation objectives. Caro (wildlife, fish, and conservation bioloy, Univ. of California, Davis) succeeds in accomplishing this goal...This is a needed reference for conservation biologists to study and consult before employing the surrogate species concept to meet their objectives. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals."
— R.L. Smith, emeritus, West Virginia University