Declines and the global status of amphibians

Alford, Ross A. (2010) Declines and the global status of amphibians. In: Sparling, Donald W., Linder, Greg, Bishop, Christine A., and Krest, Sherry K., (eds.) Ecotoxicology of amphibians and reptiles. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Publications . CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA, pp. 13-45.

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Abstract

The global diversity and status of both amphibians and reptiles at the end of the 20th century were described in thorough detail in the previous edition of the current volume (McDiarmid and Mitchell 2000). During the 1990s, however, it became clear that the diversity and status of amphibians were changing rapidly, with substantial declines in amphibian populations in many regions (Alford and Richards1999). There has also been widespread concern regarding possible increases in the prevalence of developmental abnormalities and malformations in amphibians (Johnson et al. 2003). Great advances have been made in understanding these problems since 1999. This chapter concentrates on defining the problems, illustrating and interpreting our understanding of their causes, and developing ideas regarding how the problems can be managed.

Item ID: 16113
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: amphibian declines, review, chytridiomycosis
ISBN: 978-1-4200-6416-2
Date Deposited: 03 May 2011 05:51
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960405 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species at Regional or Larger Scales @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales @ 50%
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