Inventories are the basis for conservation action. Taxonomy is the basis for inventories. The challenges to both make the science of conservation extremely difficult, as this is usually reflected in the lack of recommendations to conservation action and management. Fortunately, many a good taxonomist over the years has started compiling standard checklists. Journals like JoTT publish such lists as peer-reviewed documents. Some checklists are also published in books, however, with limited or no peer-review.
JoTT Checklists is a new section within the Journal of Threatened Taxa to present the inventories of different groups of biodiversity from different biogeographical and political regions. The template is a standard one used but with a few variations depending on how the authors wish to present. Importantly, the data are available for download as Excel sheets to help readers apply the checklists as readymade documents for analysis and for other purposes. Since the checklists are registered under Creative Commons International License 4.0, the copyright belongs to the authors. Users are expected to cite and acknowledge the source of publication whenever the data are used.
These checklists are dynamic, and the authors take the responsibility of updating them as and when new names become available, or there is any nomenclatural change. All changes are supported by the citation of the source. Changes in the list are reflected in the version under the ReadMe section of the Excel document.
Authors are encouraged to submit checklists based on previous peer-reviewed publications, to be considered under JoTT Checklists. In case there are no previous publications, it is suggested that the list is first published in JoTT as a paper and then extracted for inclusion. There are no limits to the checklists, and these are welcome from any part of the world.
|Checklists by biogeographic zones||Checklists by political boundaries||Checklists by protected areas|
|Amphibians of the Western Ghats||Bats of South Asia|
|Mammals of the Western Ghats||Birds of Kerala|
|Reptiles of the Western Ghats||Freshwater fishes of Kerala|
|Mammals of Kerala|
|Mammals of Tamil Nadu|
|Spiders of Tamil Nadu|
|Bats of Afghanistan|
|Bats of Bangladesh|
|Bats of Bhutan|
|Bats of India|
|Bats of Nepal|
|Bats of Pakistan|
|Bats of Sri Lanka|