Australia’s species extinction crisis in numbers: 2019

Scheele B. C., Legge S., Blanchard W. et al. (2019) Continental-scale assessment reveals inadequate monitoring for threatened vertebrates in a megadiverse country. Biol. Conserv. 235, 273-278.

Aim: 
To evaluate the extent to which current monitoring complies with key recommendations for all threatened terrestrial and freshwater vertebrates in Australia. Then using the strengths and weaknesses of monitoring techniques to guide management and prevent species loss.
Type of Study: 
Review
Key Results: 
Of the 408 threatened australian vertebrates (excluding marine mammals and fish), only 74% received some monitoring. The proportion of species monitored was highest among mammals (89%), followed by birds (76%), amphibians (75%), reptiles (62%), and fish (53%). Endangered and critically endangered taxa were more likely to be monitored than vulnerable or other taxa. Monitoring quality was highest for birds, than amphibians, fish, mammals, and reptiles. Also, currently the EPBC act threatened species list does not incorporate the total number of taxa requiring conservation action. Of the 56 fish considered in the review, only 38 were EPBC listed.
Reviewer: 
Mitchell Cowan
Full Reference: 
Scheele B. C., Legge S., Blanchard W. et al. (2019) Continental-scale assessment reveals inadequate monitoring for threatened vertebrates in a megadiverse country. Biol. Conserv. 235, 273-278.