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Special Issue "Ecology and Conservation of Amphibians"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Biodiversity Conservation".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2023) | Viewed by 3271
Special Issue Editor
Interests: behavioral ecology of amphibians; invasive biology; pet trade monitoring; nature conservation
Special Issue Information
Diversity is launching a Special Issue dedicated to the Ecology and Conservation of Amphibians.
Amphibians are vertebrates with complex life cycles and limited dispersal abilities. These characteristics, in combination with their anatomy (permeable integument) make them more sensitive to environmental disturbances than other animals. Recently they have been rated as the most endangered group of vertebrates. Important individual factors that are involved (and can act synergically) include habitat loss and fragmentation, environmental pollution, disease spread, climate change, introduction of exotic species and exploitation (food, pet trade) by humans. This global decline even resulted in renewed interest in captive breeding as a conservation tool for amphibians. Global amphibian decline is the main reason to focus our attention to the development of knowledge about their ecology, which is key for proper conservation plans and actions. However, amphibians are also traditionally used as model organisms for studying wider ecological processes. They form significant biomass in ecosystems, and moreover, as ectotherms they are able to exploit energy-poor resources and thus serve as a link between the lowest and highest trophic levels within a community. Their strong site fidelity and spatially disjunct breeding habitats make them models for studying metapopulation dynamics. Amphibians are widely used as bioindicators. Extinctions and population declines are critical not only because amphibians are key components of many ecosystems, but also because the causative factors might also be affecting other organisms.
Dr. Oldřich Kopecký
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- amphibian decline