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Biologia

, Volume 73, Issue 11, pp 1131–1135 | Cite as

NA2RE is reliable but aims for improvement: an answer to Vamberger and Fritz (2018)

  • Neftali SilleroEmail author
  • João Campos
  • Anna Bonardi
  • Claudia Corti
  • Raymond Creemers
  • Pierre-Andre Crochet
  • Jelka Crnobrnja-Isailović
  • Mathieu Denoël
  • Gentile Francesco Ficetola
  • João Gonçalves
  • Sergei Kuzmin
  • Petros Lymberakis
  • Philip de Pous
  • Ariel Rodríguez
  • Roberto Sindaco
  • Jeroen Speybroeck
  • Bert Toxopeus
  • David R. Vieites
  • Miguel Vences
Letter to the Editor

Abstract

A recent paper has suggested that NA2RE, the New Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles of Europe, does not provide a reliable basis for ecological niche modelling studies due to errors flagging introductions and missing data for the native range of the pond turtle genus Emys. We point out that the original NA2RE paper already acknowledged that it was not aimed for fine-scale ecological distribution modelling and that it had the objective of stimulating research for improving the maps. New works now complement the Atlas in improving the coverage and providing new distribution maps for species within species complex. Moreover, we stress that the NA2RE web platform at present hosts only the distribution data compiled in 2014 from different sources, using the taxonomy adopted by the authors at the time. As with any large database, it is advisable that these data are carefully evaluated and quality-filtered before their use in scientific studies. We defend the reliability of the NA2RE web platform as the currently most comprehensive resource for the comparative chorological study of amphibians and reptiles in Europe, and encourage publication of updates and additions following the most recent taxonomic changes, to continuously improve this database and the Atlas.

Keywords

Chorological data Ecological niche modelling Herpetological database Citizen data Online atlas 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors thank the Societas Europaea Herpetologica for funding the NA2RE project. NS is supported by an IF contract (IF/01526/2013) from Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal).

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neftali Sillero
    • 1
    Email author
  • João Campos
    • 2
  • Anna Bonardi
    • 3
    • 4
  • Claudia Corti
    • 5
  • Raymond Creemers
    • 6
  • Pierre-Andre Crochet
    • 7
  • Jelka Crnobrnja-Isailović
    • 8
    • 9
  • Mathieu Denoël
    • 10
  • Gentile Francesco Ficetola
    • 3
    • 4
  • João Gonçalves
    • 2
  • Sergei Kuzmin
    • 11
  • Petros Lymberakis
    • 12
  • Philip de Pous
    • 13
  • Ariel Rodríguez
    • 14
  • Roberto Sindaco
    • 15
  • Jeroen Speybroeck
    • 16
  • Bert Toxopeus
    • 17
  • David R. Vieites
    • 18
  • Miguel Vences
    • 19
  1. 1.CICGE, Centro de Investigação em Ciências Geo-Espaciais, Observatório Astronómico Prof. Manuel de Barros, Alameda do Monte da VirgemVila Nova de GaiaPortugal
  2. 2.CIBIOUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  3. 3.Departement of Environmental Science and PolicyUniversità degli Studi di MilanoMilanoItaly
  4. 4.CNRS, Laboratoire d’Écologie Alpine (LECA)Universite Grenoble AlpesGrenobleFrance
  5. 5.Museo di Storia Naturale dell’Università di Firenze, Sezione di Zoologia “La Specola”FirenzeItalia
  6. 6.RAVON, Reptile Amphibian Fish Conservation NetherlandsNijmegenThe Netherlands
  7. 7.CEFE, CNRSUniversity MontpellierMontpellierFrance
  8. 8.Department of Biology and EcologyFaculty of Sciences and Mathematics University of NišNišSerbia
  9. 9.Department of Evolutionary BiologyInstitute for Biological Research “Siniša Stanković” University of BelgradeBeogradSerbia
  10. 10.F.R.S. - FNRS Senior Research Associate, Laboratory of Fish and Amphibian Ethology, FOCUS, Behavioural Biology GroupUniversity of LiègeLiegeBelgium
  11. 11.Institute of Ecology and EvolutionRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  12. 12.Natural History Museum of CreteUniversity of CreteHeraklionGreece
  13. 13.AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  14. 14.Institut für Zoologie, Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule HannoverHannoverGermany
  15. 15.Museo Civico di Storia NaturaleCarmagnola (TO)Italia
  16. 16.Research Institute for Nature and Forest, Herman Teirlinckgebouw, site Thurn & TaxisBrusselsBelgium
  17. 17.Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC)University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  18. 18.Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)MadridSpain
  19. 19.Technische Universität Braunschweig, Division of Evolutionary BiologyZoological InstituteBraunschweigGermany

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