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Title: A survey of reptiles and amphibians on Kinmen Island, Taiwan

Author: Saenz, Daniel; Podlipny, Heather V.; Tasi, Pei-Yu; Burt, D. Brent; Yuan, Hsiao-Wei

Date: 2009

Source: Herpetological Bulletin 108: 3-9

Publication Series: Journal/Magazine Article (JRNL)

Description: Little is known about the reptiles and amphibians of Kinmen Island, Taiwan. Until recently, Kinmen had been off-limits to outsiders. It wasn’t until the mid 1990’s that civilian travel was allowed to and from the island. We surveyed 8 sites from 19 May through 18 July 2005, using 15 m drift fences with collapsible funnel traps on the ends. We documented encounters with animals outside the traps and observed 258 individuals of 7 species during our survey. The herpetofauna encountered consisted of two anuran, two lizard, and three snake species. The two anuran species made up over 97% of the individuals captured in traps. Reptiles were encountered or captured less frequently. Since we sampled a limited number of sites, our study serves as a basis upon which future reptile and amphibian inventory studies, conducted on Kinmen, could be based. A more thorough inventory is needed to fully understand the natural history of herpetofauna on the island.

Keywords: Reptiles, amphibians, herpetofauna, Kinmen Island, Taiwan, survey

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Saenz, Daniel; Podlipny, Heather V.; Tasi, Pei-Yu; Burt, D. Brent; Yuan, Hsiao-Wei 2009. A survey of reptiles and amphibians on Kinmen Island, Taiwan. Herpetological Bulletin 108: 3-9.

 


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