Re-establishing the IUCN SSC Anole Specialist Group – Anole Annals

In Fall 2011, the Worldwide Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Fee (SSC) Anoline Lizard Specialist Group (ALSG) was authorised. The group had a very good run for a number of years earlier than coming into a interval of inactivity. At current, all IUCN exercise pertaining to anoles goes by means of the IUCN Snake and Lizard Pink Record Authority, fairly than an anole-specific IUCN Specialist Group.

Luke Mahler stated it properly again in his 2012 Anole Annals submit:

Anoles are well-known for lots of causes, however conservation just isn’t one in every of them.

Sadly – and regardless of the deep appreciation and fascination many people have with anoles – anole conservation nonetheless appears to be on the backburner. This doesn’t stem from a scarcity of caring, however fairly from a scarcity of time. With over 380 anole species described, the dearth of an Anoline Lizard SG gives the look that anole biologists don’t care about their conservation. I do know this isn’t true and I’m subsequently within the technique of gauging curiosity in re-establishing an IUCN SSC Specialist Group that may develop conservation, science, and outreach actions to facilitate the survival of untamed anoles of their pure habitats.

Please fill out this brief Google kind when you have any curiosity in serving to re-establish the IUCN SSC Anoline Lizard Specialist Group.

I wish to underscore that when the ALSG was energetic, anole biologists contributed to many anole Pink Record assessments and different necessary conservation actions for quite a few anole species. This was a serious enchancment in comparison with what little had been achieved for anole conservation previous to the institution of the ALSG. The preliminary institution of the ALSG was an enormous step in the appropriate path, however we’ve got to maintain going. There stays loads of motion to be taken to preserve anoles, significantly anoles which might be comparatively understudied, happen at low densities, have small or restricted distributions, or are actively going through habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation (and extra). Re-establishing the IUCN SSC ALSG will give us a platform by means of which to construct an anole conservation community as we work to enhance anole conservation efforts globally.

I might additionally like to emphasise that our work won’t cease at merely re-establishing the SG. We might want to develop targets and targets for the group and discover methods to succeed in these targets – all in an effort to advertise and enhance anole conservation. As you all know, there are numerous anoles species and subsequently, we’d like lots of people on board!

Please be at liberty to succeed in out to me at anna.thonis@stonybrook.edu with any questions you might have.

I’m hopeful and excited to speak with lots of you about how we are able to develop a thriving and energetic ALSG within the close to future!

All the most effective,

Anna Thonis

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