The University of Sheffield researchers have shown that more amphibians are endangered than was previously believed.
Due to a lack of data on many amphibian species, only about 44 percent of amphibians have up-to-date assessments on their risk of extinction. This is compared to nearly 100% of both birds and mammals.
Now, researchers have used known ecological, geographical, and evolutionary attributes of these data-deficient species to model their extinction risk. And their assessment suggests that at least 1,000 more species are threatened. This is a lot more than was previously believed.
“We found that more than 1,000 data-deficient amphibians are threatened with extinction, and nearly 500 are Endangered or Critically Endangered, mainly in South America and Southeast Asia,” said Pamela González-del-Pliego of the University of Sheffield and Yale University.
“Urgent conservation actions are needed to avert the loss of these species.”
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