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Hedman, H.D., Alvarez, H.M., Hanghome, G.P.K., Eifler, M. and Eifler, D. 2014. Reptiles of the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre. IRCF Reptiles and Amphibians, 21(2): 73–79


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Reptiles of the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre.

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The Gobabeb Research and Training Centre (Fig. 1) is an internationally recognized research station and premiere site for training and research in arid-land biology. The station is located in the Namib Naukluft National Park (23°33’42.61”S, 15°2’30.15”E) in Namibia. The research center is approximately 100 km southeast of Walvis Bay (the nearest small town) and 60 km from the Atlantic Ocean (Schulze 1969). The Namib Desert is an expansive landscape (2,000 x 200 km) with Gobabeb situated at the center of three habitats: Dune, gravel plains, and the Kuiseb River corridor. The region's monthly average temperature range is 26−32 ºC and daily temperatures sometimes vary by over 10 ºC between day and night. Southern Africa exhibits one of the highest concentrations of endemic species in the world, with more than 80% endemism for some groups of organisms (Goldblatt and Manning 2002), and an estimated 92% of the more than 300 species of lizards in southern Africa are indigenous (Branch 1999). Among African nations, Namibia ranks second in lizard diversity (125 species), trailing only South Africa (Bauer 1999). At Gobabeb, faunal and floral surveys have been conducted for the last 50 years, providing an extensive database of its rich biodiversity, with 199 known species of plants, 44 mammals (Fig. 2), 195 birds, and 43 reptiles (Henschel et al. 2006).

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