This website and its predecessor have benefited from the assistance of many people. As the compiler of this database my job is quite easy most of the time. Data entry accounts for most of the work, while the rest of my time is split between web design and getting hold of the literature. On all these fronts I have been wonderfully accomodated by those far more knowledgeable than myself.
The Sixth Extinction Forum
I am particularly indebted to the members of the Sixth Mass Extinction forum for providing such a stimulating environment in which to discuss recently extinct species, and for sharing their knowledge of rare, rediscovered and recently extinct species. Peter Maas, Melanie Nayyal, Alexander "Alex" Lang, Francisco "Frank" Godino, Sebastian, Sebbe, RSN, amongthylacines, baghira, and the rest of the members have willingly shared their immense knowledge with me over the years. May the forum stick around for many more years yet!
Clare Jenkinson, James Burton and Robert Timmins of the IUCN Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group for their assistance with Asian bovids, particularly the Kouprey (Bos sauveli), and for technical support. Krystal Tolley of the IUCN Chameleon Specialist Group for answering my enquiries into the possibility of there being any recently extinct chameleons. Bruce Collette of the IUCN Tuna and Billfish Specialist Group for answering my queries into recently extinct tuna and billfish. Matthew Craig of the IUCN Grouper and Wrasse Specialist Group for answering my enquiries into the possible extinction of members of the aforementioned group of fishes. All of the members of the IUCN Lagomorph Specialist Group (LSG), Dr. Javier Millan and Fernando Palacios, for information regarding the status of Lepus granatensis solisi, thankyou! Amanda Lane of the IUCN Sea Snake Specialist Group for information regarding rare and potentially extinct sea snake species.
Assistance with the literature
Dr Danny Tang and Dr Brenton Knott (now deceased), both of UWA, for their assistance in answering my questions about the groundwater invertebrates of the Gnangara Mound, Western Australia, and for providing me with the relevant literature. John Dowe for providing me with access to one of his papers on recently extinct palms. Dr. John Huisman (Herbarium Curator, Western Australian Herbarium) for access to two of his published works on the rediscovery and redescription of the algae species Spongophloea tissotii comb. nov.
Peter Uetz of reptile-database.org for answering my query on recently extinct reptiles. Justin Gerlach, chair of the Terrestrial and Freshwater Invertebrate Red List Authority for providing me with the species authority of Acanthometropus pecatonica. Dr. Jennifer L. Lavers and Elizabeth Turner, both of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (the latter recently retired) for clarifiying the current status of the Cascades Funnel-web Spider (Hadronyche pulvinator). Christopher Mah for his opinion regarding the validity of the 24-rayed sunstar from the Galapágos Islands. Dr Catherine Byrne of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and Alison Howman from Hydro Tasmania for their assistance in confirming the rediscovery of Romankenkius pedderensis.
Help with web design
The original version of this database was started over at Cubits.org in 2010. Since that time the database has grown and grown, thanks in no small part to that initial enviroment and the features provided therein by Dave and Trish. The current website is the planned permanent home of REPAD, built using the open source CMS Joomla! Needless to say I owe a great deal of thanks to all those involved with the Joomla! project who have made it what it is today. I see a bright future for both of us. The banner was created using the Fotor.com feature "photo stitching", while the logo/site title was created using Fotor.com and photoshoponlinefree.com. I have also benefited greatly from the official Joomla forum.