In the 2012 President's Budget Request, the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is terminated. As a result, all resources, databases, tools, and applications within this web site will be removed on January 15, 2012. For more information, please refer to the NBII Program Termination page.
The IUCN Red List of Amphibians is a comprehensive assessment of the conservation status of the world's 6,260 known species of frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians. This website presents results of the assessment, including IUCN Red List threat category, range map, ecology information, and other data for every amphibian species. Users can search the database for species by name, taxonomy, country, region, habitat type, threat type, or IUCN Red List status.
This amphibian assessment is a collaborative effort among the IUCN, Conservation International, and NatureServe.
Amphibians in Decline: Grant Funding
Image courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Wildlife Without Borders-Amphibians in Decline aims to conserve the world's rapidly declining amphibian species, supporting activities that address threats to frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and caecilians that face an unprecedented threat of extinction. This program is a global funding opportunity developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's International Affairs as part of its Wildlife Without Borders-Global grant programs.
Visit the site for more information on how to apply for funding on amphibian conservation projects.
Green treefrog [Image courtesy of D. Demcheck, USGS, ARMI]
Amphibians are ectothermic (cold-blooded) animals that utilize both terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and caecilians are all amphibians.
The U.S. Geological Survey's Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI), states that "amphibians evolved more than 300 million years ago and have survived at least 3 mass extinction events in their long history on earth. Increasing evidence for the decline of amphibian populations worldwide has prompted international efforts to monitor amphibian populations, and determine the causes of their decline. There is a need to link amphibian population studies with hydrologic investigations that can characterize natural habitat suitability, determine the vulnerability of habitat to chemical stressors, and evaluate the role of climatic variability on amphibian populations."
The Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plans (CWCS) developed by each state compiled lists of amphibians considered to be of Greatest Conservation Need (GCN). According to the action plans of the states located in the Central Southwest and Gulf Coast region, an average of 16 species in each state are of conservation concern. For more information, visit the State Wildlife Action Plans and choose your state from the drop-down menu.
Below are additional resources and information from the NBII Catalog pertaining to amphibians in the Central Southwest/Gulf Coast region. Searches can be narrowed to a particular state by typing the state's name into the search box.
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