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oa Annals of the Natal Museum - Herpetofauna of the Nyika Plateau (Malawi and Zambia)

Volume 18, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0304-0798

 

Abstract

The Nyika is a large grassland plateau in east central Africa. It is over 750 square miles in area and 6,500-8,551 feet in elevation. Principal community types on the plateau are: grasslands, marshes, streams, ponds, rocky outcrops, montane evergreen forests and forest margins. Uapaca-Brachystegia woodlands border the gently undulating plateau. Included in the plateau communities are 11 species of amphibians, 6 lizards, 1 chameleon, and 9 snakes. Five of these species are known only from the plateau which supports several endemic plants, birds, and mammals. Herpetological collections and studies made during 1962-1964 are the first on the plateau since those of Loveridge in 1948, and cover the longest observation period made there. Species accounts, as well as ecological descriptionptions, are given; they include collection data, measurements, and observations on abundance, seasonal and breeding activity, eggs, larvae, calls and color variation. New records for the plateau are: Xenopus l. laevis, Bufo pusillus, Ptychadena porosissima, P. uzungwensis, Hyperolius nasutus, H. mertensi, Chamaesaura miopropus, Python sebae, Lycophidion capense, Pseudaspis cana, Atheris nitschei rungweensis.

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1966-09-01
2019-08-19

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