The rare species of predators, scientific journals are treasure maps
#Cosmoread: The moment he laid eyes on geckos – remarkable creature with green eyes and speckled with yellow stripes zebralike – Jian Huan-yang knew they were special.
Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Gardens in Hong Kong conservation authorities in China had discovered two new species of lizard. Some nefarious – though he knew that his enthusiasm for different reasons, would be felt by others. Recently, commercial collectors newbies as tools to track down exotic pet trade market so they can sell for a profit on reports in scientific journals have been using a new species.
So, Yang geckos‘ location a secret, even when he co-wrote a study describes two new species.
“We restricted-range species in this publication do not disclose the areas of collection,” Yang wrote in 2015 The study, published in the journal Zootaxa. He explained that geckos popular novelty pets, and scientific papers like her commercial collectors were helping to drive them to extinction.
Yang caution is not unfounded. Goniurosaurus yingdeensis (2010 published) and Goniurosaurus liboensis (2013 published): He and his colleagues have two other new species of lizard cave in southern China described. They also gave their exact locations, as is typical, the newly identified species are introduced in the scientific literature.
“Shortly after, some collectors use my coverage information Gekko began collecting these for sale,” Yang told Live Science in an email. “It is now available in the pet trade, and even the United States and Europe for the foreign trade of both species constant supply of wild-caught individuals were saddening to see.”
In 2006, the journal Science, the researchers explain that four of the race to understand the documents and previously unknown species “in the face of a global biodiversity crisis” has resulted in the studies, wrote a letter to the “commercial a treasure for collectors map. ”
The demand for wild animals is not going away.
Being described scientifically in the 1990s, the Indonesian turtle Chelodina mccordi and another cave gecko (Goniurosaurus luii) pelt trade prices ranging from $ 1,500 to $ 2,000 apiece, the researchers said. Demand is so high that is almost extinct in the wild mccordi C, and G luii is locally extinct.
Similarly, in northern Laos Salamander Paramesotriton laoensis between $ 170 and $ 250 each on the black market cost, the researchers said. Smugglers often less than $ 1 Black and Yellow Laotian villagers Newt (Laotriton laoensis) is deposited, and then turn around and offer to sell as much as $ 200 for each one, according to the BBC.
The researchers worked with government officials to collect these wild newts illegal pet trade is a step in some way to protect these animals from a seemingly, Yang said. He said that in the future is expected to secure the safety of the cave geckos.
Such wild fauna and flora (CITES) Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of international and national lists and laws can help protect rare species with these animals alive, Yang said. Meanwhile, the public rare and endangered animals such as wild-caught animals can help by refusing to buy, he said. [10 2015 Funny Animal Discoveries]
To disclose the location of a new animal, despite the risk that many researchers still publish information. This data can help researchers understand how the ecosystem of a previously unknown species and its habitat range in size fits.
That Yang and his colleagues, a team that, for the new mountain spiny Newt (Echinotriton maxiquadratus) including minority bans leaves.
“It is a growing trend – not. [Yang study] is the study of a few tens of thousands of full-service, providing information,” Zhi-Qiang Zhang, chief editor of the journal Zootaxa, a publication of new studies on is known for the species.
However, Zhang said he understands the benefits of stopping an animal’s territory. Researchers such as a Yang formal request that they withheld to colleagues who will share space with the breach.
Stop the information does bother him, because it leaves out important information about the new species, Yang said he was to do so for as long as these animals have better security in place will continue.