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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


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Rune Midtgaard



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RepFocus is a project devoted to communicate up-to-date knowledge of the world's reptiles. It consists of an e-book and a corresponding website. A large selection of the e-book is freely accessible online at the website, but some information is only available in the e-book. For more information about the differences between the e-book and the website: click here. Information in the website is identical with the e-book, so all references to the website should be cited as indicated above.
RepFocus summarizes the state of knowledge of the taxonomy and distribution of the reptiles of the world, including an extensive bibliography. It is divided into the sections Taxonomy, Geography, Literature, and Biodiversity (more details below).
This 1st edition of RepFocus reflects the state of knowledge as of 31st December, 2018. Information published more recently will be added continuously under "Recent updates" (see menu above), but will not be re-edited into the relevant, individual pages until the 2nd edition of RepFocus is published. New editions of RepFocus are expected to appear regularly, possibly annually.
For more technical details of the publication: click here
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The Taxonomy  section includes checklists of all the reptiles of the world. The format used include 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 a large selection of the world's species, all genera, families, and higher categories.
In cases where there is a lack of consensus among researchers regarding taxonomical matters, a conservative standpoint is usually taken herein.
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 country or 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, indexed according to each species.
The Biodiversity  section presents various statistics on reptiles, most of which have not been 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 future editions of RepFocus.


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 ever compiled in one publication.





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