oa African Zoology - Environment and amphibian distribution in Zululand

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Although the fauna of north-eastern Zululand has yet to be fully surveyed, our present knowledge shows that this area is populated by an essentially East African assemblage (e.g. Poynton 1961). To the south and west of this area, however, the tropical fauna becomes markedly thinned out and it is progressively replaced by a non-tropical fauna. Consequently the region provides exceptional opportunities for studying the controlling effect of environmental factors on a zoogeographical change of major importance. The aim of this paper is to outline the difficulties encountered, and to suggest possible openings for future work.

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