Future Directions in the Research and Management of Marine Snakes

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2018
Date published: 11/2018
Authors: Vinay Udyawer, Peter Barnes, Xavier Bonnet, François Brischoux, Jenna Crowe-Riddell, Blanche D’Anastasi, Bryan Fry, Amber Gillett, Claire Goiran, Michael Guinea, Harold Heatwole, Michelle Heupel, Mathew Hourston, Mervi Kangas, Alan Kendrick, Inigo Koefoed, Harvey Lillywhite, Aaron Lobo, Vimoksalehi Lukoschek, Rory McAuley, Charlotte Nitschke, Arne Rasmussen, Kate Sanders, Coleman Sheehy, Richard Shine, Ruchira Somaweera, Samuel Sweet, Harold Voris
Journal title: Frontiers in Marine Science
Volume: 5

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.

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