Done but not dusted: Reflections on the first global reptile assessment and priorities for the second

Shai Meiri*, David G. Chapple, Krystal A. Tolley, Nicki Mitchell, Timrat Laniado, Neil Cox, Phil Bowls, Bruce E. Young, Gabriel Caetano, Julia Geschke, Monika Böhm, Uri Roll

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The IUCN recently coordinated the first assessment of extinction risk of the world's reptile species. This monumental undertaking allows, for the first time, an examination of threats and prioritization of conservation effort, not just for reptiles, but for land vertebrates as a whole. Reptiles are now the largest class of land vertebrates in terms of species numbers. The dynamic nature of reptile taxonomy, the 18 years it took for the Global Reptile Assessment to be completed, the poor state of knowledge for many species – especially of squamates – and the evolving nature of threats, however, all highlight the need for continued monitoring of reptile species and threats. Here we review the status of reptile conservation assessments, and identify the challenges facing the next reptile assessments. We then recommend potential avenues that could facilitate efficient, accurate and timely future assessments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109879
JournalBiological Conservation
StatePublished - Feb 2023


FundersFunder number
Australian Research CouncilFT200100108
Israel Science Foundation406/19


    • Data deficiency
    • IUCN Red List assessments
    • Red List Index
    • Reptilia
    • Squamates


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