Published on 01 November 2012
Amphibians and reptiles are fascinating – and sadly, still too often destroyed. This book expounds the biology of these animals in Languedoc-Roussillon, a particularly well-endowed French region home to 46 native species (over three-quarters of the herpetological fauna of mainland France), 3 acclimatized species and 10 introduced but as yet unacclimatized species. For a more comprehensive picture, the book goes beyond the strict administrative limits of the départements of Pyrénées-Orientales, Aude, Hérault, Gard and Lozère, and also covers the neighbouring départements of Aveyron, Tarn, Ardèche, and the eastern parts of Ariège, Haute-Garonne, Tarn-et-Garonne, Lot, as well as the Camargue area. The range maps are the result of a long search for distribution data and summarize the information from a total of 60 275 observation records dating from 1520 to 2007, originating from 1 893 first-hand observers and 187 literature records. This huge sum of data ensures that not only the geographical distributions, but also the elevational ranges, rhythms of activity, diets, predators, and mortality causes are now known with greater precision. The monographs emphasize the latest developments in systematics while also including results of locally-conducted studies, many of which are here published for the first time. A richly illustrated book and a valuable tool for animal conservation.
GENIEZ P. & CHEYLAN M. 2012. — Les Amphibiens et les Reptiles du Languedoc-Roussillon et régions limitrophes. Atlas biogéographique. Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris ; Biotope, Mèze, 448 p. (Inventaires & biodiversité ; 3).