Australia’s species extinction crisis in numbers: 2019

Tingley R., Macdonald S. L., Mitchell N. J. et al. (2019) Geographic and taxonomic patterns of extinction risk in Australian squamates. Biol. Conserv. 238.

Aim: 
First comprehensive IUCN assessment of Australian terrestiral squamates
Type of Study: 
Review
Key Results: 
Most species (86.4% of 948 species) were listed as Least Concern, 4.5% as Data Deficient, 7.1% as Threatened (3.0% Vulnerable, 2.7% Endangered, 1.1% Critically Endangered, one species Extinct (Emoia nativitatis), and two Extinct in the Wild (all endemic to Christmas Island). Agriculture, fire and invasive species were most dominant threats among species. The number of threatened species is higher on islands, southern Alps, and northern Australia. One in five threatened species are not present in any protected areas.
Reviewer: 
Dale Nimmo
Full Reference: 
Tingley R., Macdonald S. L., Mitchell N. J. et al. (2019) Geographic and taxonomic patterns of extinction risk in Australian squamates. Biol. Conserv. 238.