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 ]

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