Conservation and nameless earthworms: Assessors in the dark?

  • May 22, 2017
  • Giant Green Earthworm Microchaetus papillatus

    Species that live exclusively in a single region are at a particular risk of extinction. However, for them to be protected, thorough assessments of the environmental impacts need to be performed. There are more than 100 earthworm species living in the soil and dead wood of KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. Most of them live exclusively […]

    Twenty-five frogs added to the amphibian fauna of Mount Oku, Cameroon

  • January 12, 2017
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      While amphibians all over the world are undergoing a continuous decline, their status in certain regions, such as Central Africa, remains unknown due to incomplete information. New paper, published by two scientists in the open access journal ZooKeys, addresses the knowledge gap by providing an updated list of already 50 amphibian species living on […]

    People can simultaneously give a hand to endangered apes and stay at safe distance

  • October 12, 2016
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    Primates claim the highest proportion of endangered species among all mammals, according to the IUCN Red List. Yet, the substantial conservation interference from humans, which is already in place, could itself lead to even greater losses. Plenty of studies have proven that while researchers and ecotourists raise vital for ape conservation knowledge and funds, it […]

    Thousands of illegally traded wild animals at risk due to gaps in data

  • October 5, 2016
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    The fate of over 64,000 live wild animals officially reported to have been confiscated by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) enforcement agencies between 2010 and 2014 remains untraceable, according to a new report released by the University of Oxford Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and World Animal […]

    Species conservation profile of a critically endangered endemic for the Azores spider

  • September 1, 2016
  • Female of Turinyphia cavernicola  blog

    Subject to continuing population decline due to a number of factors, an exclusively cave-dwelling (troglobitic) spider endemic to the Azores is considered as Critically Endangered according to the IUCN Red List criteria. To provide a fast output, potentially benefiting the arachnid’s survival, scientists from the IUCN – Spider and Scorpion Specialist Group and the Azorean […]