Uzungwa Scarp Nature Forest Reserve: a unique hotspot for reptiles in Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Lyakurwa, John Valentine
dc.contributor.author Howell, Kim Monroe
dc.contributor.author Munishi, Linus
dc.contributor.author Treydte, Anna C.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-01T11:26:13Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-01T11:26:13Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.issn 1827-9643
dc.identifier.uri DOI: 10.13128/Acta_Herpetol-25008
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.nm-aist.ac.tz/handle/123456789/395
dc.description Research Article published by Firenze University Press en_US
dc.description.abstract While knowledge of African vertebrate biodiversity has increased dramatically in recent years, the field of herpetology which encompasses many threatened and endemic species, has lagged behind, and many areas have not been adequately explored. Intensive field work was conducted during the rainy season from December 2017 to April 2018 to assess reptile occurrence mostly in previously unexplored areas of the Uzungwa Scarp Nature Forest Reserve (USNFR) which is part of the Udzungwa Mountain ranges in the Eastern Arc Mountains (EAM), and adjacent agricultural areas. Bucket pitfall traps, funnel traps, night transects and opportunistic search methods were used to sample reptiles across four zones: in lowland, submontane and montane forests of the USNFR, and in neighboring farmlands. Forty-five reptile species across 14 families were recorded, mostly concentrated on the lowland and submontane forests. The number of endemic and threatened species in the USNFR reaches 20 and 14 respectively, and most are found in the submontane forest. Nineteen species were new records for the USNFR, five of them representing range extensions. Reptile species richness, abundance and diversity differed significantly across the four zones, except between montane and farmland zones and between lowland and submontane. However, farmland zone was discordant from other zones in terms of species composition. This study adds to the importance of the EAM not only in harbouring large numbers of species but also as an important hotspot for endemic and threatened reptiles. It also calls for proper land-use practices in farms adjacent to protected areas for sustainable conservation of biodiversity en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Firenze University Press en_US
dc.subject Eastern Arc Mountains en_US
dc.subject IUCN threatened species en_US
dc.title Uzungwa Scarp Nature Forest Reserve: a unique hotspot for reptiles in Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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