Science Enabled by Specimen Data

Jarnevich, C. S., M. A. Hayes, L. A. Fitzgerald, A. A. Yackel Adams, B. G. Falk, M. A. M. Collier, L. R. Bonewell, et al. 2018. Modeling the distributions of tegu lizards in native and potential invasive ranges. Scientific Reports 8. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-28468-w

Invasive reptilian predators can have substantial impacts on native species and ecosystems. Tegu lizards are widely distributed in South America east of the Andes, and are popular in the international live animal trade. Two species are established in Florida (U.S.A.) - Salvator merianae (Argentine b…

Antonelli, A., A. Zizka, F. A. Carvalho, R. Scharn, C. D. Bacon, D. Silvestro, and F. L. Condamine. 2018. Amazonia is the primary source of Neotropical biodiversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115: 6034–6039. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1713819115

The American tropics (the Neotropics) are the most species-rich realm on Earth, and for centuries, scientists have attempted to understand the origins and evolution of their biodiversity. It is now clear that different regions and taxonomic groups have responded differently to geological and climati…

Yañez-Arenas, C., L. Díaz-Gamboa, C. Patrón-Rivero, K. López-Reyes, and X. Chiappa-Carrara. 2018. Estimating geographic patterns of ophidism risk in Ecuador. Neotropical Biodiversity 4: 55–61. https://doi.org/10.1080/23766808.2018.1454762

The species richness of venomous snakes in Ecuador (~39 species) is among the highest in the world. However, until now no information exists regarding geographic patterns of ophidism. In this study, we present a detailed spatial snakebite risk map which was built by stacking weighted ecological nich…

Dauby, G., T. Stévart, V. Droissart, A. Cosiaux, V. Deblauwe, M. Simo-Droissart, M. S. M. Sosef, et al. 2017. ConR : An R package to assist large-scale multispecies preliminary conservation assessments using distribution data. Ecology and Evolution 7: 11292–11303. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3704

The Red List Categories and the accompanying five criteria developed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) provide an authoritative and comprehensive methodology to assess the conservation status of organisms. Red List criterion B, which principally uses distribution data, is …

Guedes, T. B., R. J. Sawaya, A. Zizka, S. Laffan, S. Faurby, R. A. Pyron, R. S. Bérnils, et al. 2017. Patterns, biases and prospects in the distribution and diversity of Neotropical snakes. Global Ecology and Biogeography 27: 14–21. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.12679

Motivation: We generated a novel database of Neotropical snakes (one of the world’s richest herpetofauna) combining the most comprehensive, manually compiled distribution dataset with publicly available data. We assess, for the first time, the diversity patterns for all Neotropical snakes as well as…

Luque-Fernández, C. R., and L. N. Villegas Paredes. 2017. First record of the Fitzinger’s False Coral Snake, Oxyrhopus fitzingeri (Tschudi, 1845) (Reptilia: Dipsadidae) in Atiquipa, southwestern Peru. Check List 13: 2085. https://doi.org/10.15560/13.2.2085

Oxyrophus fitzingeri is distributed in Ecuador and Peru. In this study we present an extension of the geographical distribution for Peru, the first record of the species in the department of Arequipa. This new report was made in the Lomas de Atiquipa Private Conservation Area.