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Atlas of amphibians and reptiles in Finland

Finnish Museum of Natural History (LUOMUS) coordinates a research project "Atlas of amphibians and reptiles in Finland". The main aim of the project is to collect comprehensive knowledge on the geographical distribution of amphibians and reptiles in Finland in the decade of 2010s. Since the data will be comparable with the earlier atlas work performed in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s the data gathered know will provide an invaluable opportunity to study long-term changes in the distributions of individual species and herptile species diversity as a whole.

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You can report your observations using the report -link on species description pages or directly using the link bellow. You can access species descriptions by clicking a species on this page's list. Species descriptions contain useful information for identifying species.

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Background info

During the recent decades, considerable changes in the distribution and abundance of amphibian and reptile species have been observed worldwide. Amphibian and reptile species are good indicators of environmental health as, in general, they are sensitive to the changes in environmental conditions such as pollution, climate change and anthropogenically invaded alien species. The latest European Atlas of herpetofauna was published in the 1990's and Luomus was involved in the project as well. An intensified collection of the data will start in Finland in 2015 in order to update the current status of the species. The project is coordinated by Dr. Markus Piha, Finnish Museum of Natural History (LUOMUS).

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Welcome to the public testing environment of the Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility - FinBIF!

FinBIF is a national data center for biodiversity information. It is set up by the Finnish Museum of Natural History (LUOMUS) through a three-year project in 2015 - 2017. The project is a component of a larger aggregate project Envibase administrated by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE).

FinBIF is a national service supporting species-related research, management, teaching, and life-long learning. It collects, archives, and distributes Finnish electronic datasets on biodiversity and provides visualisation and analysis tools in one single portal.

FinBIF promotes open science and effective use of data by society at large, as well as data quality control, descriptions, and accumulation.

The test site already provides ample information but it is constantly updated and improved. New information will be added as the project progresses. This is only a preliminary version of the portal and its functionality, performance and structure will be developed and elaborated during the project. We welcome all constructive feedback and suggestions that you could share with us. Please see contact details at the bottom of the page. Thank you!