Scientists Complete New Database for Modeling and Mapping Species Distributions
Forest Service scientists completed two large project reports: The U.S. Virgin Islands Terrestrial Gap Analysis Project delivered to the USGS National Gap Program; and, Sportfish Gap: Conservation of Puerto Rico's Freshwater and Marine Recreational Fisheries Resources delivered to the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources. The former report includes modeled distributions of 150 bird, reptile, and amphibian species occurring in the U.S. Virgin slands, and the latter includes habitat description and mapping, species distributions and conservation status, protected areas and conservation priorities, and analyses of gaps in species conservation protection for a number of commercial and recreational fish species for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The scientists developed a database with geo-referenced and documented occurrences of 535 aquatic species, including sea turtles, birds, corals and mammals. The number of occurrences for these species ascended up to 109,122 records. The information is used for modeling and mapping species distributions.
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