The NZ Lizards Database seeks to provide the public, students, scientists and biodiversity
managers with a comprehensive and up-to-date electronic resource of all knowledge
(published and unpublished) of New Zealand lizards. This resource will improve understanding
of New Zealand’s diversity of lizards and have tangible lizard conservation outcomes.
This resource is to be based on a stable platform in a Crown Research Institute
(Landcare Research), which will act as an entry point to (1) the species synopses
and (2) annotated bibliography. The resource is to be freely available to all users,
although in some cases conservation-sensitive information, such as specific locations,
will have to be withheld for the security of some endangered species.
The electronic format of both the comprehensive species synopses and bibliography
are intended to be dynamically updatable, providing access to all information from
1769 to the present as progress is made in herpetology. This will ensure that biodiversity
managers, researchers and conservation groups have ready access to both historical
and current information. This is a cost-effective process, bypassing expensive print
The NZ Lizards Database mirrors similar projects nationally and internationally.
Such projects are evidence that digital databases for both information formats have
gained traction elsewhere.
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