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Conservation Needs Assessment

Blythophryne beryet ,   Andaman Bush Toad /
Assessed for:  India   on: 09 Mar 2017   by: Harikrishnan Surendran  
Assessment Status: Completed  
Order:   Anura     Family:   Bufonidae

IUCN Global Red List:   Not Evaluated (NE)   
IUCN National Red List:   (not assessed)   
Distribution:     India  
Evolutionary Distinctiveness score:   11.34100474 
Recommended Conservation Actions:   In Situ Research  , Ex Situ Research   
Additional Comments:    

Question #Short NameQuestion TextResponseComments
1 Extinction risk Current IUCN Red List category. [Data obtained from the IUCN Red List.] Not Evaluated (NE)
2 Possibly extinct Is there a strong possibility that this species might be extinct in the wild? No, unlikely
3 Phylogenetic significance The taxon’s Evolutionary Distinctiveness (ED) score, as generated by the ZSL EDGE program. (These data are not editable by Assessors). ED value < 20
4 Protected habitat Is a population of at least 50% of the individuals of the taxon included within a reliably protected area or areas? Yes, probably This species was originally described from Mt. Harriet National Park (46.62 sq. km) in South Andaman, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It also occurs in North Andaman (Saddle Peak National Park - 85.47 sq. km), Havelock Island, Rutland Island, & Little Andaman.
5 Habitat for reintroduction Does enough suitable habitat exist, either within or outside of currently protected areas that is suitable for potential reintroduction or translocation? Yes, probably At the moment, reintroduction efforts are not necessary. Suitable habitat for this species exists on all the larger islands in the Andaman Islands (North Andaman, Middle Andaman, South Andaman, & Little Andaman). Part of these are within Saddle Peak National Park, North Andaman, and Mt. Harriet National Park, South Andaman. However, other island habitats are either Reserved Forests or Tribal Reserves, viz., Jarawa Tribal Reserve in South & Middle Andaman and Onge Reserve in Little Andaman.
6 Previous reintroductions Have reintroduction or translocation attempts been made in the past for this species? No
7 Threat mitigation Are the threats facing the taxon, including any new and emerging threats not considered in the IUCN Red List, potentially reversible? Threats unknown The taxon is not assessed by IUCN and there are no direct studies on threats to this species. However, a suit of invasive species exist in the Andaman Islands and could have negative impact on this species (Spotted deer - Mohanty et al., 2016; Indian bull frog - Harikrishnan & Vasudevan, 2013; habitat changes by invasive species - Ali, 2004).
8 Over-collection from the wild Is the taxon suffering from unsustainable collection within its natural range, either for food, for the pet trade or for any other reason, which threatens the species’ continued persistence in the wild? No, unlikely
9 Population recovery Is the known population of this species in the wild large enough to recover naturally, without ex situ intervention if threats are mitigated? Unknown The average abundance of this species based on quadrat sampling in Mt. Harriet (South Andaman), and Little Andaman Island was 110±37 individuals/ha. However, enough sites have not been sampled yet to get population estimates.
10 Biological distinctiveness Does the taxon exhibit, for example, a distinctive reproductive mode, behaviour, aspect of morphology or physiology, within its Class (e.g. Amphibia, Reptilia etc.)? No aspect of biology known to be exceptional
11 Cultural/socio-economic importance Does the taxon have a special human cultural value (e.g. as a national or regional symbol, in a historic context, featuring in traditional stories) or economic value (e.g. food, traditional medicine, tourism) within its natural range or in a wider global context? No
12 Scientific importance Is the species vital to current or planned research other than species-specific ecology/biology/conservation? (e.g. human medicine, climate change, environmental pollutants and conservation science), within its Class (e.g. Amphibia, Reptilia etc.)? No research dependent on this species
13 Ex situ research Does conserving this species (or closely related species) in situ depend upon research that can be most easily carried out ex situ? No
14 Husbandry analog Do the biological and ecological attributes of this species make it suitable for developing husbandry regimes for more threatened related species? i.e. could this species be used in captivity to help to develop husbandry and breeding protocols which could be used for a similar, but more endangered species at a later stage? Yes
15 Captive breeding Has this species been successfully maintained and bred in captivity? Not held in captivity to date
16 Educational potential Is the species especially diurnal/active/colourful and therefore suited to be an educational ambassador for conservation of this group of species? No
17 Mandate Is there an existing conservation mandate recommending the ex situ conservation of this taxon? No
18 Range State approval Would a proposed ex situ initiative for this species be supported (and approved) by the range State (either within the range State or out-of-country ex situ)? No, unlikely
19 Founder specimens Are sufficient animals of the taxon available or potentially available (from wild or captive sources) to initiate the specified ex situ program? Yes, probably
20 Taxonomic status Has a complete taxonomic analysis of the species in the wild been carried out, to fully understand the functional unit you wish to conserve (i.e. have species limits been determined)? Yes

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