n African Journal of Herpetology - Biogeography of the reptiles of the Central African Republic : original article

Volume 55, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2156-4574
  • E-ISSN: 2153-3660
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A large number of reptiles from the Central African Republic (CAR) were collected during recent surveys conducted over six years (October 1990 to June 1996) and deposited at the Paris Natural History Museum (MNHN). This large collection of 4873 specimens comprises 86 terrapins and tortoises, five crocodiles, 1814 lizards, 38 amphisbaenids and 2930 snakes, totalling 183 species from 78 localities within the CAR. A total of 62 taxa were recorded for the first time in the CAR, the occurrence of numerous others was confirmed, and the known distribution of several taxa is greatly extended. Based on this material and an additional six species known to occur in, or immediately adjacent to, the country from other sources, we present a biogeographical analysis of the 189 species of reptiles in the CAR.

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