Lecture 1: Why study amphibians and reptiles?
Lab: Wednesday 2:305:30, MCZ g022
New species discovered and named at astonishingly high rate
The reptile database
Determining species is not always a totally objective science. This is creating problems, particularly
for amphibians because has severe implications for conservation strategies.
Amphibians and reptiles disappearing globally
Among the most threatened of any animals
Biodiversity informatics – analyzing data associated with natural history institutions – large scale
studies. Global biodiversity information facility.
Frogs (Anura), salamanders (Caudata) and caecilians (Gymnophiona)
Lissamphibia: clade that includes last common ancestor of living amphibians and all descendants