Should you share location data of threatened species?

26 Jul 2018
Rafflesia, Malaysia's giant parasitic corpse flower
Most populations of Rafflesia, Malaysia's giant parasitic corpse flower, are outside protected areas.

Researchers from The University of Queensland, along with other institutions, are contesting recent claims that scientists shouldn’t share or publish the locations of their discoveries.

Publishing locations of rare species has been blamed for helping poachers drive them to extinction, such as the local extinction of the Chinese cave gecko at the hands of poachers, but work led by Dr Ayesha Tulloch, has found that data publishing is important in helping many species.

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