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The conservation community who will use the recommendations from the assessments include conservation program managers from zoos, aquariums and other ex situ organizations, along with field researchers, amphibian conservationists and government wildlife departments. In addition, general visitors that are interested in the assessment process or in viewing the data for their own interests can also access completed assessments. All competed assessments can be viewed by all visitors to the site and assessment data is updated by the authors of each individual assessment.

Click on “View Assessments” at the top of any page, or on the Home page, click the “Find a species assessment” link to view completed assessments. You can perform a search by country, by species name, or by using a combination of both. To search for all species assessments within a country, use the drop-down menu to select the country (note: all countries for which assessments exist will be listed; although all species within a country may not have been assessed).

To search by species name, you can enter the scientific name (genus and/or species) or the common name. The search engine will find all species that contain all or part of the entry. Example: Enter “Acris”. Result: species with the genus Acris and Pseudacris.

Note that undescribed and un-named species (e.g. Anodonthyla sp. aff. boulengeri [Ca HM364558]) are also included in the species list. This example indicates that this is a species of the genus Anodonthyla, and "sp. aff. boulengeri" indicates that molecular evidence suggests that the proposed species is related to, has an affinity to the already described Anodonthyla boulengeri. Authors referring to these species usually also include the GenBank accession numbers, so other people can more easily track back the sequence, and thus in this case it would be Ca HM364558.

The grid will show each species’ country, scientific name, common name, local common name and who performed the assessment. Clicking on the hyperlinked scientific name will display the assessment details.

The National Recommended Conservation Actions report displays a list of all species within a selected country, that have been recommended for one or more recommended conservation actions according to the assessments for those species. The report can be accessed from the Reports menu. The default order of the species in the report is by priority for conservation action, with the highest priority species at the top of the report.
Recent assessments listed on the Home Page can be accessed directly by clicking on the hyperlinked scientific name.

Sometimes, more than one assessor will generate an assessment for the same species in the same country or region. It is likely that due to the differing individual expertise and experiences of each assessor, some of the data will differ between assessments for the same species. Although each and every individual assessment can be viewed, a “consolidated” version of these assessments allows for the different areas of expertise from each of the assessors to be included within a single, more holistic assessment of the conservation needs for each species. Consolidated assessments can be found in the National Recommended Conservation Actions report and on the View Assessments page, for species which have more than one assessment in the same country.

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