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Hermann, H.-W. and Branch, W.R. 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments, 93: 94–115


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Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist.

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Namibia is mostly an arid and semi-arid country with a high number of reptile and fewer amphibian species. We review the herpetological literature dealing with Namibian species over the past fifty years, and provide up-to-date amphibian and reptile accounts using a widely accepted taxonomy and nomenclature. We critically discuss species accounts, draw attention to the historical development of species inventories for the country, and indicate species endemism for Namibia and the Namib Desert. In Namibia, the lizard families Gekkonidae, Lacertidae, and Scincidae have undergone adaptive radiations and are species-rich. This also applies to the snake family Psammophiidae. Keywords: Conservation, Genetics, Herpetology, Mining, Namibia, Species.

Year: 2013

Type: Journal Article

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