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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (also known as the IUCN Red List or Red Data List), founded in 1948, is the world's most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) is the world's main authority on the conservation status of species.

Starting in June of 2010, the IUCN red list has authorized the production of distribution maps from their spatial data. There are currently ~25,000 species on the Red List with spatial data.

Information to include in the files uploaded to Commons[edit]

Image files produced from this collaboration should include a link to the IUCN Red List website [1], the page where the spatial data is available for download [2], and a link to the particular species page at IUCN (for example, for Chioglossa lusitanica link to [3]). The author field should include the list of assessors and the authors of the spatial data (available as metadata on the shapefiles, using the fields "Year", "Citation" and "Source"). For the same example (attention, this is just an example, individual references differ):

Assessors citation: Jan Willem Arntzen, Jaime Bosch, Mathieu Denoël, Miguel Tejedo, Paul Edgar, Miguel Lizana, Iñigo Martínez-Solano, Alfredo Salvador, Mario García-París, Ernesto Recuero Gil, Paulo Sá-Sousa, Rafael Marquez 2008. Chioglossa lusitanica. In: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.1. <>. Downloaded on 17 June 2010.

Spatial data citation: 2009, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Conservation International & Natureserve.

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