Book reviews Disappearing Jewels: The Status of New World Amphibians Bruce E. Young, Simon N. Stuart, Janice S. Chanson, Neil A. Cox and Timothy M. Boucher NatureServe, Arlington, USA, 2004, 54 pp, illustrated. ISBN 0-9711053-1-6. Price US$ 15.00 (paper). Also available as a free pdf download (3.8 MB) at: http://www.natureserve.org/publications/disappearingjewels.jsp This large (30 × 23 cm) booklet describes the status of amphibians (“jewels of the forest”, due to their sometimes spectacular colour patterns) in the New World, as the first product of the Global Amphibian Assessment (GAA). It is published in collaboration with Conservation International and the IUCN, and is available as pdf versions in English and Spanish. The data on which the report was based are also available at the web site, as the 85-page Appendix 3, but not in printed form. The GAA (http://www.globalamphibians.org/) was a three-year programme re- viewing the status of all amphibian species using the IUCN Red List criteria, with two main aims. One, to provide data for another taxon to compare with birds and mammals, the only groups for which such comprehensive analysis was available previously; and two, to assess the reality of the declining amphibian populations phenomenon. The New World species
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