California Amphibian and Reptile Species of Special Concern (2016), a collaborative project among the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the University of California, Davis, and University of California Press, is now available in both print and electronic versions. The book synthesizes current knowledge about the biology and conservation risks faced by 45 of California’s most sensitive amphibian and reptile taxa. The authors use the best available science and a novel set of risk metrics to identify special concern species and the threats they face, including population declines, range size restrictions, and ecological specializations. The volume provides detailed species accounts, identifies threats, makes concrete recommendations for management and recovery, and suggests future research needs. The text is complemented by color distribution maps, photos, and graphs.
California Amphibian and Reptile Species of Special Concern will be a valuable resource to a broad range of users from resource managers, field biologists, and academic herpetologists to students and recreational naturalists. The book is available in soft cover and e-book from University of California Press and Amazon.com.
For more information on the definition of Species of Special Concern and the process by which the lists are developed see the main Species of Special Concern page.