The NZ Lizards Database is intended to improve lizard conservation and research
in New Zealand by opening up access to information. The goal of the database is
to empower people and organisations with knowledge for informed decision-making
and management of the New Zealand lizard fauna.
This dynamic bibliography uses a web database system that is query searchable. The
search function uses the field content of the bibliography including titles, authors,
keywords and the content of abstracts/annotations. The search function results in
an alphabetical output of citations. The bibliography can also be browsed by author.
This bibliography digitises and updates Tony Whitaker and Bruce Thomas’ extensive
1989 publication [215 pp.]
New Zealand Lizards – an Annotated Bibliography produced by
the former Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR). This work covers
the literature record from 1769 to 1989 but had not been updated or republished
The SRARNZ (Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in NZ) Herpetological
Record from 1992 onwards has also been digitised.
The gap years between the two bibliographies (1990–1991) have been filled, and where
possible, further annotations have been added. Further new references have been
added. There is now a searchable extensive bibliography covering all known literature
from 1769 to the present day.
A key part of improving access to the 'grey literature' involves digitisation of
PhD and MSc theses, and unpublished Department of Conservation, Wildlife Service
and Department of Scientific and Industrial Research reports on research conducted
on New Zealand lizard species; such theses contain invaluable information on aspects
of lizard biology, conservation and management. There are links to copies of publications
hosted either elsewhere as the primary source or publisher, or on Landcare Research’s
database servers. Some source or publisher links may require a purchase of this
paper or journal subscription. Where publications are available on Landcare Research’s
database servers, these have been made available either (1) with the express permission
of the author or (2) as a result of cessation of copyright under the Copyright Act
The dynamic species synopses are intended to be comprehensive summaries of all knowledge
(including knowledge buried deep in 'grey literature') about each species to aid
conservation, management and research outcomes. These synopses have been compiled
using accessible literature and are instantly updatable.
Information fields have been divided across several categories (General Information,
Administration, Conservation and Research, Taxonomy, Distribution, Life History,
Images and Literature). The layout of this section easily identifies 'known unknowns'
(i.e. the gaps in knowledge) and the database also has the ability to change or
delete records and fields as required. The synopses usually include 2–6 images of
each species, documenting variation within a species. The synopses include currently
undescribed species when evidence for eventual full species status has been considered
strong by leading herpetologists.
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