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Title

The conservation status of the world's reptiles

Authors

Monika Boehm
Ben Collen
Jonathan E. M. Baillie
Philip Bowles
Janice Chanson
Neil Cox
Geoffrey Hammerson
Michael Hoffmann
Suzanne R. Livingstone
Mala Ram
Anders G. J. Rhodin
Simon N. Stuart
Peter Paul van Dijk
Bruce E. Young
Leticia E. Afuang
Aram Aghasyan
Andres Garcia
Cesar Aguilar
Rastko Ajtic
Ferdi Akarsu
Laura R. V. Alencar
Allen Allison
Natalia Ananjeva
Steve Anderson
Claes Andren
Daniel Ariano-Sanchez
Juan Camilo Arredondo
Mark Auliya
Christopher C. Austin
Aziz Avci
Patrick J. Baker
Andre F. Barreto-Lima
Cesar L. Barrio-Amoros
Dhruvayothi Basu
Michael F. Bates
Alexandre Batistella
Aaron Bauer
Daniel Bennett
Wolfgang Boehme
Don Broadley
Rafe Brown
Joseph Burgess
Ashok Captain
Santiago Carreira
Maria del Rosario Castaneda
Fernando Castro
Alessandro Catenazzi
Cedeno-Vazquez
David G. Chapple
Marc Cheylan
Diego F. Cisneros-Heredia
Dan Cogalniceanu
Hal Cogger
Claudia Corti
Gabriel C. Costa
Patrick J. Couper
Tony Courtney
Jelka Crnobrnja-Isailovic
Pierre-Andre Crochet
Brian Crother
Felix Cruz
Jennifer C. Daltry
R. I. Ranjit Daniels
Indraneil Das
Anslem de Silva
Arvin C. Diesmos
Lutz Dirksen
Tiffany M. Doan
C. Kenneth Dodd Jr.
J. Sean Doody
Michael E. Dorcas
Jose Duarte de Barros Filho
Vincent T. Egan
El Hassan El Mouden
Dirk Embert
Robert E. Espinoza
Alejandro Fallabrino
Xie Feng
Zhao-Jun Feng
Lee Fitzgerald
Oscar Flores-Villela
Frederico G. R. Franca
Darrell Frost
Hector Gadsden
Tony Gamble
S. R. Ganesh
Miguel A. Garcia
Juan E. Garcia-Perez
Joey Gatus
Maren Gaulke
Philippe Geniez
Arthur Georges
Justin Gerlach
Stephen Goldberg
Juan-Carlos T. Gonzalez
David J. Gower
Tandora Grant
Eli Greenbaum
Cristina Grieco
Peng Guo
Alison M. Hamilton
Kelly Hare
S. Blair Hedges
Neil Heideman
Craig Hilton-Taylor
Rod Hitchmough
Bradford Hollingsworth
Mark Hutchinson
Ivan Ineich
John Iverson
Fabian M. Jaksic
Richard Jenkins
Ulrich Joger
Reizl Jose
Yakup Kaska
Ugur Kaya
J. Scott Keogh
Gunther Koehler
Gerald Kuchling
Yusuf Kumlutas
Axel Kwet
Enrique La Marca
William Lamar
Amanda Lane
Bjorn Lardner
Craig Latta
Gabrielle Latta
Michael Lau
Pablo Lavin
Dwight Lawson
Matthew LeBreton
Edgar Lehr
Duncan Limpus
Nicola Lipczynski
Aaron S. Lobo
Marco A. Lopez-Luna
Luca Luiselli
Vimoksalehi Lukoschek
Mikael Lundberg
Petros Lymberakis
Robert Macey
William E. Magnusson
D. Luke Mahler
Anita Malhotra
Jean Mariaux
Bryan Maritz
Otavio A. V. Marques
Rafael Marquez
Marcio Martins
Gavin Masterson
Jose A. Mateo
Rosamma Mathew
Nixon Mathews
Gregory Mayer
James R. McCranie
G. John Measey
Fernando Mendoza-Quijano
Michele Menegon
Sebastien Metrailler
David A. Milton
Chad Montgomery
Sergio A. A. Morato
Tami Mott
Antonio Munoz-Alonso
John Murphy
Truong Q. Nguyen
Goeran Nilson
Cristiano Nogueira
Herman Nunez
Nikolai Orlov
Hidetoshi Ota
Jose Ottenwalder
Theodore Papenfuss
Stesha Pasachnik
Paulo Passos
Olivier S. G. Pauwels
Nestor Perez-Buitrago
Valentin Perez-Mellado
Eric R. Pianka
Juan Pleguezuelos
Caroline Pollock
Paulino Ponce-Campos
Robert Powell
Fabio Pupin
Gustavo E. Quintero Diaz
Raju Radder
Jan Ramer
Arne R. Rasmussen
Chris Raxworthy
Robert Reynolds
Nadia Richman
Edmund L. Rico
Elisa Riservato
Gilson Rivas
Pedro L. B. da Rocha
Mark-Oliver Roedel
Lourdes Rodriguez Schettino
Willem M. Roosenburg
James P. Ross
Riyad Sadek
Kate Sanders
Georgina Santos-Barrera
Hermann H. Schleich
Benedikt R. Schmidt
Andreas Schmitz
Mozafar Sharifi
Glenn Shea
Hai-Tao Shi
Richard Shine
Roberto Sindaco
Tahar Slimani
Ruchira Somaweera
Steve Spawls
Peter Stafford
Rob Stuebing
Sam Sweet
Emerson Sy
Helen J. Temple
Marcelo F. Tognelli
Krystal Tolley
Peter J. Tolson
Boris Tuniyev
Sako Tuniyev
Nazan Uzum
Gerard van Buurt
Monique Van Sluys
Alvaro Velasco
Miguel Vences
Milan Vesely
Sabine Vinke
Thomas Vinke
Gernot Vogel
Milan Vogrin
Richard C. Vogt
Oliver R. Wearn
Yehudah L. Werner
Martin J. Whiting
Thomas Wiewandt
John Wilkinson
Byron Wilson
Sally Wren
Tara Zamin
Kaiya Zhou
George Zug

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J. Sean Doody

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Date Issued

2013-1

ISSN

0006-3207

Abstract

Effective and targeted conservation action requires detailed information about species, their distribution, systematics and ecology as well as the distribution of threat processes which affect them. Knowledge of reptilian diversity remains surprisingly disparate, and innovative means of gaining rapid insight into the status of reptiles are needed in order to highlight urgent conservation cases and inform environmental policy with appropriate biodiversity information in a timely manner. We present the first ever global analysis of extinction risk in reptiles, based on a random representative sample of 1500 species (16% of all currently known species). To our knowledge, our results provide the first analysis of the global conservation status and distribution patterns of reptiles and the threats affecting them, highlighting conservation priorities and knowledge gaps which need to be addressed urgently to ensure the continued survival of the world's reptiles. Nearly one in five reptilian species are threatened with extinction, with another one in five species classed as Data Deficient. The proportion of threatened reptile species is highest in freshwater environments, tropical regions and on oceanic islands, while data deficiency was highest in tropical areas, such as Central Africa and Southeast Asia, and among fossorial reptiles. Our results emphasise the need for research attention to be focussed on tropical areas which are experiencing the most dramatic rates of habitat loss, on fossorial reptiles for which there is a chronic lack of data, and on certain taxa such as snakes for which extinction risk may currently be underestimated due to lack of population information. Conservation actions specifically need to mitigate the effects of human-induced habitat loss and harvesting, which are the predominant threats to reptiles. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Language

en_US

Publisher

ELSEVIER SCI LTD

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