The reptiles of the summits of Mont Oku and the Bamenda Highlands, CameroonReport as inadecuate

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Abstract : The list of the non-avian reptiles occupying the summits above 1,400 m elevation of Mount Oku and the Bamenda Highlands in Cameroon comprise 50 species one tortoise, 18 lizards, and 31 snakes belonging to 12 families and 29 genera. This assemblage has a high biogeographic interest because it harbors species with a large altitudinal spectrum and several high elevation endemic forms submontane. Those species are currently severely threatened by human expansion in the area. Human impacts include direct collections of several endemic species with a high commercial value for the international pet trade, but most importantly deforestation and the growing encroachment of people, cattle, and agriculture. Efficient actions are urgently needed to preserve this unique heritage for future generations.

Keywords : Biogeography conservation biodiversity afro-montane herpetofauna

Author: Ivan Ineich - Matthew Lebreton - Nathaly Lhermitte-Vallarino - Laurent Chirio -



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