The mission of the Amphibian Red List Authority (ARLA) is to provide accurate and up-to-date information on the extinction risk of every amphibian species known to science – currently 7,720 and counting – for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This involves reassessing species as new information becomes available, but also assessing newly described species. In 2005, AmphibiaWeb calculated that a new species of amphibian is described or recognized roughly every other day – that’s an average of 183 species every year!
Our understanding of amphibians is improving every day, but the world is changing rapidly. Currently 42% of known species assessed for the Red List are threatened with extinction and many species are still too poorly understood to be assessed against The Red List categories and criteria (i.e. Data Deficient). Thus, continuous work is required to maintain the information on The IUCN Red List – crucial for guiding conservation action – with the goal of saving these precious species from extinction.