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Mammals, Amphibians, and Reptiles of the Bolivian High Andes: An Initial Comparison of Diversity Patterns in <i>Polylepis</i> Woodlands<sup>1</sup>

Teresa Tarifa, James Aparicio E. and Eric Yeensens

in The Quintessential Naturalist

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520098596
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916159 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520098596.003.0010
Mammals, Amphibians, and Reptiles of the Bolivian High Andes: An Initial Comparison of Diversity Patterns in Polylepis Woodlands1

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This chapter compares the diversity patterns of amphibians, reptiles, and mammals from a collection of specimens of the three groups in 11 Polylepis woodlands, to learn if they are similar to one another and if one taxonomic group could serve as an umbrella for the others in conservation planning. It finds a number of new distributional records for mammals, amphibians, and reptiles; new records for amphibians and reptiles are reported herein. The chapter observes that mammals are the most diverse, whereas amphibian and reptile diversities are low. It notes that none of the groups' diversities correlated with the others', suggesting that conservation areas should be selected based upon a variety of taxa rather than any single umbrella group.

Keywords: diversity patterns; amphibians; reptiles; mammals; Polylepis woodlands; conservation planning; taxa

Chapter.  11736 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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