Special Issue "Systematics and Conservation of Neotropical Amphibians and Reptiles"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2019) | Viewed by 105511
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Interests: conservation biology; ecology; biodiversity; amphibian biology; herpetology
Systematic and taxonomic studies are essential for conservation – we can only preserve what we know. The first step of knowing organisms is to identify species, and to name and organize them according to their evolutionary history. The number of species of amphibians and reptiles has increased sharply over the last few decades, but we have much work ahead of us if we want to describe the outstanding biodiversity of the Neotropical herpetofauna. At the same time, traditional and emergent threats are accelerating the erosion of herpetofaunal biodiversity. Traditional threats include habitat loss, pesticides, and over-harvesting of wild populations. Emergent threats such as disease and climate change may impact species within natural protected areas where habitat loss and fragmentation are negligible. Emergent infectious diseases, such as chytridiomycosis, are associated with population declines and the collapse of amphibian communities throughout the Neotropics. Additionally, while climate change threatens many amphibian and reptilian species, it remains unclear how species will be able to cope with increasing temperatures, seasonal shifts and increasing frequency of extreme climatic events. The purpose of this special issue is to gather original studies focusing on herpetological systematics and conservation. We welcome contributions focusing on any Neotropical group of amphibians and/or reptiles, and which use original data or modeling of available data, aimed at improving the use of systematic and taxonomic knowledge for conservation. We also encourage papers proposing new methods to accelerate taxonomic studies, including those that present technological advances to quickly generate molecular data. This special issue will be open to all facets of conservation, ranging from applied conservation (i.e., to improve captive breeding programs, help design protected areas, or to design education projects) to policymaking and assessments of species threat status. We especially encourage reports of successful conservation initiatives that rely on the use of newly generated taxonomic information.
Dr. Alessandro Catenazzi
Dr. Rudolf von May
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