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 III, Richard Shine, Ruchira Somaweera, Samuel S. Sweet, Harold K. Voris

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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
Issue numberNOV
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • conservation
  • endangered species
  • management
  • policy
  • research priorities
  • sea snake
  • sea krait


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