Comprehensive Biotic Survey of Philippine Land Vertebrates and their Parasites

Primary researcher: Rafe Brown, curator, Herpetology

This project is an integrated team effort to comprehensively survey, review, and summarize the biodiversity of terrestrial vertebrates and parasites from the Philippines, a megadiverse hotspot of biodiversity.

Together with many collaborators and students, the project includes a survey of vertebrate and parasite diversity at more than 50 sites throughout the country — across elevational, climatological, habitat, and seasonal gradients. New biodiversity information products will include digital collection data, faunal summaries, keys and field guides, and descriptions of new host and parasite taxa for use by biodiversity specialists.

Funding Source: National Science Foundation
Project website: Comprehensive Biotic Survey of Philippine Land Vertebrates and their Parasites

With 7,107 islands, each home to a unique concoction of species, The Philippines is a nation with a megadiverse collection of plants and animals. Many of the species found in the Philippines are endemic, which means they are found nowhere else in the world.

Our team brings together herpetologists, mammalogists, parasitologists and ornithologists in an effort to inventory the estimated 3,000 Philippine land vertebrates and their parasites. The study will provide the most comprehensive and detailed species data for Philippine biodiversity to date, refreshing the last survey from 1928. The five-year project conclude in 2013.

Research Team: Rafe Brown, Jake Esselstyn, Carl Oliveros, Cameron Siler, Pete Hosner, Charles Linkem, Jamie Oaks, Rob Moyle, and Town Peterson

Group photo of Herpetology team in the Philippines

Research in the Philippines

Snake in the Philippines photo