Alien reptiles and amphibians of the Philippines

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Lithobates catesbeianus
The American bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) is one of several invasive amphibian species presently found in the Philippines. Photo by Katja Schulz licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The Philippines is marked both as a ‘megadiversity country’ and a ‘global biodiversity conservation hotspot’ – a status it shares only with Madagascar, owing to its immensely rich and compellingly unique diversity threatened with extinction, with the invasion of alien species as one of the main culprits.

Led by HerpWatch Pilipinas, Inc. (HWP) and in partnership with the Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (BMB-DENR) and the Biodiversity, Ecology, Systematics and Taxonomy Group, University of Santo Tomas (BEST-UST), the main goal of the project is to fill taxonomic, geographical, and historical gaps in species occurrence and sampling-event data, focused on the alien amphibians and reptiles in the Philippines. Ultimately, using invasive reptiles and amphibians as a pilot study, the project will develop an online national platform for the long-term observation and monitoring of alien species invasions and trends.

This Project will produce the much needed science-based information that can help guide the development and implementation of sound national biosecurity programmes for amphibian and reptile invasions, provide a reproducible framework for similar initiatives targeting other groups of alien taxa in the Philippines and other countries, and contribute to the Philippines’ international commitments to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the International Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

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1 Apr 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
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HerpWatch Pilipinas
Contact details

Mae Lowe L. Diesmos, Project Lead
HerpWatch Pilipinas, Inc
1198 Benavidez St, Unit 1202
1003 Manila City
Metropolitan Manila