Introduction

DOC sought submissions about any changes in status of NZ frogs, reptiles, bats and birds, to inform a revision of the lists for these groups in the NZ Threat Classification System.

Consultation closed 5 June 2012

This is a call for submissions about any changes in status of NZ frog, reptile, bat and bird taxa, to inform a revision of the lists for these groups in the NZ Threat Classification System. How to make a submission.

Related documents:

These current lists give the status of all taxa:

You can find more explanation in these published papers:

  • Frogs, Newman et al. 200X1
  • Reptiles, Hitchmough et al. 200X2
  • Bats, O’Donnell et al. 200X3
  • Birds, Miskelly et al. 20094

Background information

In 2002, the Department of Conservation developed a new system for classifying organisms according to their risk of extinction (Molloy et al. 2002).

This system allows the classification of conservation status/risk of extinction of all organisms known to occur in a wild state in New Zealand. Endemics, non-endemic natives, migrants, vagrants, and introduced and naturalised species are all included, as are taxa which have not been formally described.

This is not a priority-setting system in the way that the listing of Molloy & Davis (1992, 1994) was, so does not include information on taxonomic distinctiveness, or on human values. It is a resource for priority setting, among other functions, rather than a priority list in itself. Two lists of threatened taxa assessed by these criteria were published (Hitchmough 2002, Hitchmough et al. 2007).

During the course of these listings, opportunities for improvements to the system itself were identified, and as a result a new manual with changed categories and criteria and more explicit procedures has been published (Townsend et al. 2008). These revised criteria were used to generate lists of threatened taxa between 2008-2011.

To provide the most accurate information, the list is to be fully reviewed and updated every three years. The time has come to undertake this process again for frogs, reptiles, bats and birds, and we now wish to gather data to begin the reclassification of taxa under the new criteria. We would be very grateful for any submissions providing information on frog, reptile, bat and bird species, subspecies, etc. that you consider to be threatened or at risk, or very poorly known but seldom encountered and possibly threatened.

Expert panels will meet to review the classification of New Zealand frogs, reptiles, bats and birds, on the basis of information supplied.

Please contact us if you need any assistance or clarification about this questionnaire.

How to make a submission

Please note that submissions are intended to provide information to the panel, not to lobby for a particular outcome.

You can complete an online questionnaire [closed].

Or complete the questionnaire (Word, 40K) or (PDF, 40K) and email or fax to:

Rod Hitchmough
Scientific Officer (Species)
Terrestrial Conservation Unit
Department of Conservation
P O Box 10-420
Wellington 6143
Email: threatstatus@doc.govt.nz
Ph: +64 4 471 3249
Fax: +64 4 381 3057


1 Hitchmough, RA., Hoare, JM., Jamieson, H., Newman, D., Tocher, MD., Anderson, PJ., Lettink, M. and Whitaker, AH. 2010: Conservation status of New Zealand reptiles, 2009. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 37: 3, 203 – 224.

2 Newman Donald G., Bell Ben D., Bishop Phillip J., Burns Rhys, Haigh Amanda, Hitchmough Rodney A. and Tocher Mandy, 2010: Conservation status of New Zealand frogs, 2009. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 37 121-130.

3 O'Donnell, CFJ., Christie, JE., Hitchmough, RA., Lloyd, B. and Parsons, S. 2010: The conservation status of New Zealand bats, 2009. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 37: 4, 297 – 311.

4 Miskelly CM, Dowding JE, Elliot GP, Hitchmough RA, Powlesland RG, Robertson HA, Sagar PM, Scofield RP, Taylor GA 2008. Conservation status of New Zealand birds, 2008. Notornis 55: 117-135. 

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