Analysing habitat availability for amphibians

Scientists modelled the distribution of over 5000 amphibian species to estimate the extent of suitable habitat.

GBIF-mediated data resources used : More than 200,000 amphibian records
Frog eggs

Frog eggs/tadpoles with fly. Photo 2011 by Geoff Gallice CC-BY.

Despite the threats of habitat loss and degradation detailed by the IUCN Red List over the past decade, quantitative measures of habitat exist for only a small subset of amphibian species. Using more than 200,000 GBIF-mediated records along with other data, researchers produced models for 5,363 amphibians (84 per cent of the species evaluated by the IUCN’s Global Amphibian Assessment) and found that models can accurately predict fine-scale distribution of many species, suggesting their usefulness as a complement to expert-led conservation assessments.

Ficetola GF, Rondinini C, Bonardi A, Baisero D, Padoa-Schioppa E (2015), Habitat availability for amphibians and extinction threat: a global analysis. Diversity and Distributions 21: 302–311. doi: 10.1111/ddi.12296