Future directions in the research and management of marine snakes

Vinay Udyawer, Peter Barnes, Xavier Bonnet, François Brischoux, Jenna M. Crowe-Riddell, Blanche D'Anastasi, Bryan G. Fry, Amber Gillett, Claire Goiran, Michael L. Guinea, Harold Heatwole, Michelle R. Heupel, Mathew Hourston, Mervi Kangas, Alan Kendrick, Inigo Koefoed, Harvey B. Lillywhite, Aaron S. Lobo, Vimoksalehi Lukoschek, Rory McAuleyCharlotte Nitschke, Arne R. Rasmussen, Kate L. Sanders, Coleman Sheehy, Richard Shine, Ruchira Somaweera, Samuel S. Sweet, Harold K. Voris

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    Abstract

    Marine snakes represent the most speciose group of marine reptiles and are a significant component of reef and coastal ecosystems in tropical oceans. Research on this group has historically been challenging due to the difficulty in capturing, handling, and keeping these animals for field- and lab-based research. Inexplicable declines in marine snake populations across global hotspots have highlighted the lack of basic information on this group and elevated multiple species as conservation priorities. With the increased interest in research on marine snakes, we conducted a systematic survey of experts to identify twenty key questions that can direct future research. These questions are framed across a wide array of scientific fields to produce much-needed information relevant to the conservation and management of marine snakes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number399
    Pages (from-to)1-16
    Number of pages16
    JournalFrontiers in Marine Science
    Volume5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2018

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    Udyawer, V., Barnes, P., Bonnet, X., Brischoux, F., Crowe-Riddell, J. M., D'Anastasi, B., Fry, B. G., Gillett, A., Goiran, C., Guinea, M. L., Heatwole, H., Heupel, M. R., Hourston, M., Kangas, M., Kendrick, A., Koefoed, I., Lillywhite, H. B., Lobo, A. S., Lukoschek, V., ... Voris, H. K. (2018). Future directions in the research and management of marine snakes. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5, 1-16. [399]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2018.00399