Home to 598 known species of amphibians, Ecuador has far greater biodiversity than most countries of similar size
And like amphibians all around the world, Ecuador’s face increasing threats from climate change, the degradation of natural habitats and poaching for the pet trade.
Now, for the first time in almost two decades, Ecuadorean scientists will conduct a systematic study of the country’s amphibians.
Their goal is to establish a list of threatened animals for potential inclusion in the “Lista Roja,” the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
The study, slated to conclude in 2020, should help improve conservation planning in Ecuador, allowing a focus on the most endangered species and habitats.
Sources: El Telegrafo (Ecuador)