Web Improvements: Implementing Google Maps and IUCN’s range maps

In a continuing effort to improve this website, Amphibians & Reptiles of Morocco and Western Sahara has now Google Map Integration and offers range maps of the species based on data from the IUCN Red List.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species contains assessments for almost 56,000 species, of which about 28,000 have spatial data freely available to the public. The data are provided as shapefiles, the ESRI native format and contain the known range of each species.

The Google Maps Javascript API v.3 lets you embed Google Maps in your own web pages. The API provides a number of utilities for manipulating maps and adding content to the map through a variety of services, allowing you to create maps applications on your website. It’s a free service available for any web site that is free to consumers.

Currently only some species show this information (those included in the IUCN Red List), but we plan to progressively extend it to the rest. You can find it on the ‘Range Map’ tab of the species page.