I imagine many of you have already been affected by Covid-19, with cancelled trips, national lockdowns and the rest. Much more importantly I sincerely hope you, your friends and family are healthy and remain that way.
I should have been packing to go to China about now. And then I should have been packing to go to Costa Rica. Instead I have been updating my mammal checklist with the latest data from the IUCN and a few more bits and pieces. The latest spreadsheet – as at March 2020 – is here.
What are the main changes since the last update in June 2019?
Perhaps of most interest to people here are the primate changes. IUCN have added a few howler monkeys, a couple of red colobus monkeys, a couple of capuchins, the Skywalker Gibbons from China are now included, and they have split saddleback tamarins in multiple directions (this all seems largely in line with the Handbook of the Mammals of the World).
Other than that there are a ton of new bats, quite a few shrews and a few other bits and pieces. Again most, if not all, of these are included in the handbook.
I also added a few species that I expect the IUCN will include before too long, including several North American species following this paper.
All species on this list that are not on the IUCN list are highlighted in yellow and I added Redlist Status to the spreadsheet in case that is of interest.
Vladimir Dinets in particular has also been posting (here) with other changes that might be in the pipeline. It is very hard for me to keep up and to know which will eventually be accepted. But hopefully this updated checklist is a step in the right direction. And even if you cannot travel to see mammals maybe this new list will provide a few new ones.
Be well and stay safe.