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IUCN Red List assessment


Conservation Needs Assessment

Sechellophryne gardineri ,   Gardiner's Seychelles Frog
Assessed for:  Seychelles   on: 19 Nov 2018   by: Jim Labisko  
Assessment Status: Completed  
Order:   Anura     Family:   Sooglossidae

IUCN Global Red List:   Endangered (EN)   
IUCN National Red List:   (not assessed)   
Distribution:     Seychelles  
Evolutionary Distinctiveness score:   51.84541603 
Recommended Conservation Actions:   In Situ Research  , Ex Situ Research  , Conservation Education   
Additional Comments:    

Question #Short NameQuestion TextResponseComments
1 Extinction risk Current IUCN Red List category. [Data obtained from the IUCN Red List.] Endangered (EN)
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 50-100
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 Sechellophryne gardineri occurs on two islands (Mahé and Silhouette) within which a large proportion (probably > 50%) of each population exists within a globally/nationally recognised protected area. However, intra-specific variation may be present in populations found outside protected areas. Verification of the degree of this variation is required.
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 Suitable habitat is largely that already occupied by this species. Reintroduction is therefore viable but there are no known areas suitable for translocation.
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? Species is effectively protected While the bulk of each island population does exist in protected areas, the direct and associated threats posed by climate change and the potential introduction of novel pathogens (e.g. Bd, Bsal, Ranavirus) are a very real risk.
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? Yes / probably
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? Yes There is no in-country expertise on amphibian husbandry. Ex-situ work (e.g. via zoological establishments) is considered essential to generate a knowledge-based framework to build in-country capacity. Available in-situ expertise will be critical for establishing insurance populations should lethal chytridiomycosis arrive in Seychelles.
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 Sechellophryne gardineri is the sister taxon to Se. pipilodryas, and the two species are sympatric on the island of Silhouette. Husbandry protocols (for example) for Se. gardineri could prove particularly informative for Se. pipilodryas.
15 Captive breeding Has this species been successfully maintained and bred in captivity? Maintained but no successful breeding Duration, conditions, longevity in captivity unknown.
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? Yes Sechellophryne gardineri is the most commonly encountered member of the Sooglossidae, and while it is difficult to see in the wild, its calls are immediately recognisable can be heard regularly, especially in wet/damp conditions and at higher elevations, even from roadside banks.
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)? Yes / probably
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)? No Research into species validity needs to be prioritised.

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