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The global distribution of tetrapods reveals a need for targeted reptile conservation

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Roll, Uri [1, 2] ; Feldman, Anat [3] ; Novosolov, Maria [3] ; Allison, Allen [4] ; Bauer, Aaron M. [5] ; Bernard, Rodolphe [6] ; Bohm, Monika [7] ; Castro-Herrera, Fernando [8] ; Chirio, Laurent ; Collen, Ben [9] ; Colli, Guarino R. [10] ; Dabool, Lital [11] ; Das, Indraneil [12] ; Doan, Tiffany M. [13] ; Grismer, Lee L. [14] ; Hoogmoed, Marinus [15] ; Itescu, Yuval [3] ; Kraus, Fred [16] ; LeBreton, Matthew [17] ; Lewin, Amir [3] ; Martins, Marcio [18] ; Maza, Erez [3] ; Meirte, Danny [19] ; Nagy, Zoltan T. [20] ; Nogueira, Cristiano de C. [18] ; Pauwels, Olivier S. G. [21] ; Pincheira-Donoso, Daniel [22] ; Powney, Gary D. [23] ; Sindaco, Roberto [24] ; Tallowin, Oliver J. S. [3] ; Torres-Carvajal, Omar [25] ; Trape, Jean-Francois [26] ; Vidan, Enav [3] ; Uetz, Peter [27] ; Wagner, Philipp [28, 5] ; Wang, Yuezhao [29] ; Orme, C. David L. [6] ; Grenyer, Richard [2] ; Meiri, Shai [3, 30]
Total Authors: 39
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[1] Ben Gurion Univ Negev, Jacob Blaustein Inst Desert Res, Mitrani Dept Desert Ecol, IL-8499000 Midreshet Ben Gurion - Israel
[2] Univ Oxford, Sch Geog & Environm, Oxford OX1 3QY - England
[3] Tel Aviv Univ, Dept Zool, IL-6997801 Tel Aviv - Israel
[4] Hawaii Biol Survey, 4 Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI 96817 - USA
[5] Villanova Univ, Dept Biol, Villanova, PA 19085 - USA
[6] Imperial Coll London, Dept Life Sci, Silwood Pk Campus, Ascot SL5 7PY, Berks - England
[7] Zool Soc London, Inst Zool, London NW1 4RY - England
[8] Univ Valle, Physiol Sci Dept, Sch Basic Sci, Cali 760043 - Colombia
[9] UCL, Ctr Biodivers & Environm Res, London WC1E 6BT - England
[10] Univ Brasilia, Dept Zool, BR-70910900 Brasilia, DF - Brazil
[11] Technion Israel Inst Technol, Fac Med, Rappaport Family Inst Res Med Sci, Dept Genet & Dev Biol, IL-31096 Haifa - Israel
[12] Univ Malaysia Sarawak, Inst Biodivers & Environm Conservat, Kota Samarahan 94300, Sarawak - Malaysia
[13] Univ Cent Florida, Dept Biol, Orlando, FL 32816 - USA
[14] La Sierra Univ, Dept Biol, Riverside, CA 92505 - USA
[15] Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi CZO, Caixa Postal 399, BR-66017970 Belem, Para - Brazil
[16] Univ Michigan, Dept Ecol & Evolutionary Biol, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 - USA
[17] Mosaic, Environm Hlth Data Technol, Yaounde - Cameroon
[18] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Biociencias, Dept Ecol, BR-05508090 Sao Paulo - Brazil
[19] Royal Museum Cent Africa, Leuvensesteenweg 13, B-3080 Tervuren - Belgium
[20] Royal Belgian Inst Nat Sci, Joint Expt Mol Unit, B-1000 Brussels - Belgium
[21] Royal Belgian Inst Nat Sci, Dept Vertebres Recents, B-1000 Brussels - Belgium
[22] Univ Lincoln, Joseph Banks Labs, Sch Life Sci, Brayford Campus, Lincoln LN6 7DL - England
[23] NERC Ctr Ecol & Hydrol, Maclean Bldg, Wallingford OX10 8BB, Oxon - England
[24] Museo Civ Storia Nat, I-10022 Turin - Italy
[25] Pontificia Univ Catolica Ecuador, Escuela Ciencias Biol, Museo Zool, Apartado 17-01-2184, Quito 170525 - Ecuador
[26] Inst Rech Dev, UMR MIVEGEC, Lab Paludol & Zool Med, Dakar - Senegal
[27] Virginia Commonwealth Univ, Ctr Study Biol Complex, Med Coll Virginia Campus, Richmond, VA 23284 - USA
[28] Zool Staatssammlung Munchen, D-81247 Munich - Germany
[29] Chinese Acad Sci, Chengdu Inst Biol, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan - Peoples R China
[30] Tel Aviv Univ, Steinhardt Museum Nat Hist, IL-6997801 Tel Aviv - Israel
Total Affiliations: 30
Document type: Journal article
Source: NATURE ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION; v. 1, n. 11, p. 1677-1682, NOV 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 54

The distributions of amphibians, birds and mammals have underpinned global and local conservation priorities, and have been fundamental to our understanding of the determinants of global biodiversity. In contrast, the global distributions of reptiles, representing a third of terrestrial vertebrate diversity, have been unavailable. This prevented the incorporation of reptiles into conservation planning and biased our understanding of the underlying processes governing global vertebrate biodiversity. Here, we present and analyse the global distribution of 10,064 reptile species (99% of extant terrestrial species). We show that richness patterns of the other three tetrapod classes are good spatial surrogates for species richness of all reptiles combined and of snakes, but characterize diversity patterns of lizards and turtles poorly. Hotspots of total and endemic lizard richness overlap very little with those of other taxa. Moreover, existing protected areas, sites of biodiversity significance and global conservation schemes represent birds and mammals better than reptiles. We show that additional conservation actions are needed to effectively protect reptiles, particularly lizards and turtles. Adding reptile knowledge to a global complementarity conservation priority scheme identifies many locations that consequently become important. Notably, investing resources in some of the world's arid, grassland and savannah habitats might be necessary to represent all terrestrial vertebrates efficiently. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/19858-2 - Conservation biogeography of Brazilian snakes
Grantee:Cristiano de Campos Nogueira
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 11/50206-9 - Origin and evolution of snakes and their diversification in the Neotropics: a multidisciplinary approach
Grantee:Hussam El Dine Zaher
Support type: BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 15/20215-7 - Biogeography, biodiversity and conservation of cis-Andean squamate reptiles
Grantee:Cristiano de Campos Nogueira
Support type: Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants