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Biodiversity Conservation in Costa RicaLearning the Lessons in a Seasonal Dry Forest$
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Gordon Frankie

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223097

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223097.001.0001

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Biodiversity and Conservation of Mesoamerican Dry-Forest Herpetofauna

Biodiversity and Conservation of Mesoamerican Dry-Forest Herpetofauna

(p.177) Chapter 14 Biodiversity and Conservation of Mesoamerican Dry-Forest Herpetofauna
Biodiversity Conservation in Costa Rica

Mahmood Sasa

Federico Bolaños

University of California Press

The herpetofauna of Mesoamerica is one of the richest and complex vertebrate faunas, involving more than 210 genera, comprising approximately 693 species of reptiles and 598 species of amphibians. This chapter examines the biodiversity and biogeographical aspects of reptiles and amphibians in the dry-forest environments of Mesoamerica. It discusses their resource and microhabitat use, feeding ecology, reproduction, and adaptations to the changing seasonal climate. Finally, it discusses some of the recommendations for the conservation of herpetofauna of Mesoamerican dry forests.

Keywords:   herpetofauna, Mesoamerica, reptiles, amphibians, feeding ecology, reproduction

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