n African Journal of Herpetology - The reptiles of southeast Katanga, an overlooked 'hot spot' : original article

Volume 53, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2156-4574
  • E-ISSN: 2153-3660
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A review of the reptiles recorded from southeast Katanga Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, employing the evolutionary species concept, indicates that there are at least 119 species in the area (7 chelonians, 37 lizards, 4 amphisbaenians, 69 snakes and 2 crocodilians), 15 of which are endemic (12.6 %). Analysis of zoogeographical affinities shows that this reptile fauna is derived from all directions, with forest forms entering from the north accounting for 14.4 % and savanna forms entering from the east contributing 22 %.

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