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Diversity and Distribution of the Amphibians and Terrestrial Reptiles of Angola – Atlas of Historical and Bibliographic Records (1840–2017)

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MARQUES, M.P., CERIACO, L.M.P., BLACKBURN, D.C., BAUER, A. Diversity and Distribution of the Amphibians and Terrestrial Reptiles of Angola – Atlas of Historical and Bibliographic Records (1840–2017)

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San Francisco 2018, kt., 501 Seiten, 413 Abb. Angola’s unique geographic location, at the intersection of the central and southern regions of the African continent, has given it two discrete faunas of amphibians and reptiles. Of different colours, sizes, forms, and behaviours, these species have, over the years, enticed biologists, explorers and scientists to boldly and selflessly dedicate themselves to their study. The interest shown by specialists in the study of Angolan specimens dates back more than one hundred years. Since the nineteenth century, books and papers have been published on the topic as the result of these investigations. The first major bibliographic reference about the Angolan herpetofauna, Herpétologie d’Angola et du Congo by José Vicente Barbosa du Bocage, dates from1895. Many researchers and publications followed, greatly enriching the scientific bibliography on the topic. However, the scattered nature of the published works, as well as the dearth of available specimens from earlier times, has made it difficult for researchers, scholars or curious amateurs to access to this information. Because of these difficulties, and to facilitate the access to available data on the Angolan herpetofauna, the Ministry of Environment, through its National Institute of Biodiversity and Conservation Areas, decided to present, in a single volume, all the available scientific records published so far on the diversity of amphibians and reptiles. Such a task, which has its basis in the National Strategy and Action Plan for Biodiversity and Conservation Areas of Angola, was dependent upon the helpful collaboration of important international partners. The present Atlas will be of inestimable assistance to the study of the Natural History of Angola, not only because of its standardized taxonomic and geographical accounts with distribution maps for all of the amphibians and reptiles known in Angola, but also because of its competent approach to the physiography, climate, biomes, historical herpetological research in Angola, conservation, and other topics.

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MARQUES, M.P., CERIACO, L.M.P., BLACKBURN, D.C., BAUER, A.
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Englisch