A new technique to identify endangered species is much more sensitive
More species under extinction threat - interesting science news

The Red List of Threatened Species, which is the gold standard for such a classification, wrongly categorizes approximately 600 species as non-threatened. A new comprehensive approach categorizes these and another 100 species, which were not assessed before on the extinction list.

While previous method employed used a limited amount of data to categorize the species on the Red List, this newly designed method provides additional independent information, which helps in better species assessment.

This new information is then coupled with statistical modelling to assess other parameters like a species ability to move through a fragmented landscape and then decide whether it could go on the endangered list.

Read the full story: Radboud University Nijmegen
Scientific publication: Conservative Biology