Reptile Atlas Pinpoints Areas of Conservation Concern

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Tel Aviv University researchers have finished a world’s initial “atlas of life,” contributing a tellurian examination and map of each invertebrate on Earth.

The team, led by Prof. Shai Meiri of TAU’s Department of Zoology and Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, pinpointed new areas where charge movement is critical by joining it to existent maps for birds, mammals and amphibians. A investigate on a investigate was recently published in Nature Ecology and Evolution.

“Mapping a distributions of all reptiles was deliberate too formidable to tackle,” Prof. Meiri says. “But interjection to a group of experts on a lizards and snakes of some of a many poorly-known regions of a world, we managed to grasp a goals and minister to a charge of these mostly fugitive vertebrates.”The invertebrate atlas covers some-more than 10,000 class of snakes, lizards and turtles/tortoises. The information completes a universe map of 31,000 class of humanity’s closest relatives, including around 5,000 mammals, 10,000 birds and 6,000 frogs and salamanders. The new map has suggested astonishing trends and regions of biodiversity infirmity for reptiles, including a Arabian Peninsula and a Levant; internal dull South Africa; a Asian steppes; a executive Australian deserts; and a high southern Andes.

Source: AFTAU

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