The GIRC took part in the completion of the section on bats of the Italian Mammal Red List, cooperating directly with Dr. Carlo Rondinini of La Sapienza University of Rome, operating on behalf of the Ministero dell’Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare and coordinated by the Commissione Fauna dell’Unione Zoologica Italiana.
This collaboration included members of the Italian Mammal Society and several colleagues with specific knowledge and experience, both in the final review stage and in the evaluation of the criteria for each species.
It is therefore fitting to express our gratitude to those who contributed with information, advice, suggestions. In particular: Gianna Dondini and Simone Vergari for their detailed information on Nyctalus lasiopterus and Nyctalus leisleri; Luca Lapini and Boris Krystufek (Slovenia) for their information on Eptesicus nilssonii and Vespertilio murinus; Mauro Mucedda for the data regarding Rhinolophus mehelyi, Myotis punicus and Plecotus sardus; Antonio Ruggieri for the supplementary distribution data on several species.
Species are assigned a certain IUCN category on the basis of distribution data together with population and ecological dynamics.
Finding this information for each species is challenging at best, with difficulties in collecting detailed data, non fragmented studies at a local level, historical population trends and data that is still unpublished.
The main contribution of the group was therefore providing a complete picture of the available data for each species.
The Red List Criteria is available on the IUCN website for whoever would like to consult the detailed data interpretation and consecutive IUCN category attribution.
Regarding the information contained in a typical species sheet, one should verify all data relative to the following sections and contact the GIRC directly for any modifications:
Any comments should be structured in a text document (word or .odt for example) and sent by e-mail to the GIRC, specifying the species and relative bibliographical references for new data in the same form as the original species section.
Only proposals that follow the format listed above will be considered, to simplify the addition of the data provided.
Thank you in advance for your collaboration!