February 21, 2014
Tracking Biodiversity in a Global Hotspot
When it comes to amphibian and reptile biodiversity, the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains in South America stand out.
A new survey of ‘herps’ in and around Manu National Park in Peru by UC Berkeley postdoc Rudolf von May and his Illinois colleagues Alessandro Catenazzi and Edgar Lehr recorded a greater biodiversity — 287 species, some new to science – than any other protected area in the world, including the previous leader in Ecuador.
Credit: UC Berkeley, Roxanne Makasdjian & Phil Ebiner
[ Read the Article: A Biodiversity Hotspot Of Amphibians And Reptiles Discovered In Peru ]