This new study, led by Tel Aviv University, reflects on the first comprehensive global assessment for reptiles released just last year by NatureServe, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and Conservation International. Published in the journal Biological Conservation, the study revealed that 16.5% of all recognized reptiles (almost 2,000 species) are still unassessed. So, where do we go from here? The authors make recommendations for how to move reptile conservation forward by taking steps such as addressing knowledge gaps, recognizing challenges in the way we name species, increasing scientific funding, and performing a follow-up global reptile assessment within the next 10 years.
Done but not dusted: Reflections on the first global reptile assessment and priorities for the second
Meiri, Shai, David G. Chapple, Krystal A. Tolley, Nicki Mitchell, Timrat Laniado, Neil Cox, Phil Bowls et al. "Done but not dusted: Reflections on the first global reptile assessment and priorities for the second." Biological Conservation 278 (2023): 109879.