Crocker Range National Park, Sabah, as a refuge for Borneo’s montane herpetofauna

  • Crocker Range National Park in Sabah (East Malaysia), northern Borneo, is an exceptional area for herpetological diversity. Inventories of the Park are incomplete, but show high diversity, as well as regional endemicity shared with the adjacent and more well-known Gunung Kinabalu National Park. The montane ecosystem of the Range offers refuge for a number of rare herpetofaunal taxa, including Stoliczkia borneensis, Rhabdophis murudensis, Oligodon everetti, Philautus bunitus, Ansonia anotis, Sphenomorphus aesculeticola, and undescribed species of squamates of the genera Sphenomorphus and Gongylosoma. The 59 species of amphibians and 45 species of reptiles now recorded from the Range represent 39 and 16.2 per cent of the total Bornean amphibian and reptile fauna, respectively. The high levels of deforestation of the surrounding regions of Borneo, particularly lowland rainforests, highten the importance of protection of primary forests of northern Borneo’s Crocker Range.

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Author:Indraneil Das
Parent Title (English):Amphibian & reptile conservation : the international journal devoted to the worldwide preservation and management of amphibian and reptilian diversity
Publisher:PubMed Central
Place of publication:Bethesda, Md.
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2006/12/26
Date of first Publication:2006/12/26
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2010/12/16
Tag:Crocker Range National Park, Sabah, Malaysia; conservation; herpetofauna
Issue:(1): e15
Page Number:9
First Page:3
Last Page:11
Copyright: © 2006 Indraneil Das. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 57 Biowissenschaften; Biologie / 570 Biowissenschaften; Biologie
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
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