RepFocus - A Survey of the Reptiles of the World
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   Taxonomy

Reptiles in general (Reptilia)

Lizards (Sauria)

Snakes (Serpentes)

Turtles (Testudines)

Worm Lizards (Amphisbaenia)

Crocodilians (Crocodylia)

Tuataras (Rhynchocephalia)


   Geography

All regions (A-Z)

Europe

Africa

Middle East

Asia

Malay Archipelago

Australia & New Zealand

North America

Central America

South America

West Indies

Atlantic Ocean

Indian Ocean

Pacific Ocean

Mediterranean Sea

Red Sea


   Biodiversity

Reptiles in general (Reptilia)

Lizards (Sauria)

Snakes (Serpentes)

Turtles (Testudines)

Worm Lizards (Amphisbaenia)

Crocodilians (Crocodylia)

Tuataras (Rhynchocephalia)


   Literature

Reptiles in general

Europe

Africa

Middle East

Asia

Malay Archipelago

Australia

North America

Central America

South America

West Indies

Atlantic Ocean

Indian Ocean

Pacific Ocean

Mediterranean Sea

Red Sea




Rune Midtgaard





This website is a limited version of the e-book RepFocus - A Survey of the Reptiles of the World. The e-book summarizes the taxonomy, distribution, and literature of the world's reptiles. The 1st edition was published on June 5th, 2019. It reflects the state of knowledge as of December 31st, 2018. For more technical details of the publication, click here.

To get a more detailed impression of the differences between this website and the e-book, have a look at the large selection of sample pages from the e-book or at the comparison scheme.

RepFocus is divided into the sections Taxonomy, Geography, Literature, and Biodiversity. The contents of the e-book are described below. The contents of this website is limited, compared to the e-book, as noted above.


The Taxonomy  section includes checklists of all the reptiles of the world. The format used include scientific (Latin) names and common names in English, German, and Danish. Genera and species are provided with taxonomic histories. The distributions are described in detail with direct links to regional checklists with references. 4,027 distribution maps are included, representing 24% of the world's species, all genera, all families, and all higher categories. The Taxonomy section is updated continuously, with a summary under "Recent updates" (see menu above), as opposed to the Geography and Biodiversity sections.
The Geography  section includes 1,076 regional checklists of reptiles, including all the world's countries, as well as many states, provinces, archipelagos, and islands. Each checklist includes a summary statistic on the reptile biodiversity of the region, including the number of endemic species and the degree of endemism. All checklists are based entirely on published literature. These references are also included in the list for each species.
The regional checklists reflect the state of knowledge as of 31st December, 2018. As opposed to the taxonomic checklists, they are not updated continuously, but will be revised and updated before the 2nd edition of RepFocus is published. Consequently, some discrepancies between the taxonomic and the regional checklists may occur.
The Biodiversity  section presents various statistics on reptiles, most of which have not been compiled or published before. Among many others, the statistics include:
  • the total number of families, genera, and species of reptiles in the world
  • which countries that have most recorded species, genera and families
  • the frequency of species descriptions since 1758
Similar statistics are available for each family, main group, and for some, selected genera, with more to come in the future.
The biodiversity statistics reflect the state of knowledge as of 31st December, 2018. As opposed to the taxonomic checklists, they are not updated continuously, but will be revised and updated before the 2nd edition of RepFocus is published. Consequently, some discrepancies between the taxonomic checklists and the biodiversity statistics may occur.


The Literature  section includes bibliographies of all reptile species, genera, families, and higher categories, as well as of all countries and many other regions of the world. Subject literature lists are in preparation for the 2nd edition of RepFocus. The bulk of the bibliography relates to taxonomy and distribution, but also publications dealing with natural history, conservation, captive maintenance, etc. have been included, making RepFocus a valuable tool, not just for researchers, but also for other dedicated naturalists, conservationists, NGOs, zoo staff, etc. The bibliography currently includes 109,979 references, which makes RepFocus the most extensive bibliography of reptiles ever compiled in one publication.
The Literature section will be updated under "Recent updates" (link above), but will not be integrated into the individual relevant bibliographies until the 2nd edition of RepFocus is published.





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