Published on 16 July 2019
The biodiversity of the Comoro islands is still largely unknown to the general public, even though this archipelago, like Madagascar, is one of the world’s biodiversity hot spots. Conservation is an urgent issue and efforts are needed more than ever in the face of human pressure and climate warming.
This book catalogues all the amphibians (2 species) and terrestrial reptiles (31 species) that have colonized the Comoro islands. It is therefore an invaluable tool for the knowledge and conservation of the region’s herpetological diversity.
The authors compiled all the existing information on the description, biology, ecology and geographical range of the species concerned. This first atlas also takes into account observation data collected during the field surveys of 2018 and 2019 on all four islands of the archipelago.
The project was jointly supported by European BEST RUP funding and the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund. It results from a fruitful collaboration between France (Mayotte), Germany (Bavarian State Collection of Zoology) and the Union of the Comoros (Anjouan, Grande Comore and Mohéli) and from the combined efforts of the entire local community of professional and amateur naturalists.
AUGROS S. (coord.) 2019. — Atlas des amphibiens et des reptiles terrestres de l'archipel des Comores. Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris ; Biotope, Mèze, 224 p. (Inventaires & biodiversité ; 13).