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Marine Reptiles and Amphibians

  • Mahmood Sasa
  • Gerardo A. Chaves
  • Lisa D. Patrick
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Part of the Monographiae Biologicae book series (MOBI, volume 86)

The herpetofauna of Costa Rica is diverse, and has been the focus of much attention in the last six decades. Despite the extensive general knowledge, little information exists about the species of reptiles and amphibians that inhabit and use the marine and insular environments of the country. Furthermore, practically there is no data on the adaptations that reptiles and amphibians have evolved in order to cope with the rough conditions that characterize these environments. Based on our field observations and previously published reports, we identify 47 species of reptiles and amphibians that occur in five marine environments (including islands). In the Caribbean coast of the country, herpetological studies are centered in sea turtle biology and conservation. In the Pacific coast, marine turtle conservation, dynamics of crocodile populations, and several records on the species inhabiting various mangroves and islands are available. The number of species reported here represents ̃12 % of the species known to Costa Rica, a percentage that is expected to increase as more research is conducted in those environments. Ecological and physiological studies of the reptiles and amphibians inhabiting marine environments are needed to preserve this important portion of our biodiversity.

Keywords

Green Turtle Mangrove Swamp Caribbean Coast Olive Ridley Leatherback Turtle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mahmood Sasa
    • 1
  • Gerardo A. Chaves
    • 2
  • Lisa D. Patrick
    • 3
  1. 1.Instituto Clodomiro PicadoUniversidad de Costa RicaSan JoséCosta Rica
  2. 2.Escuela de BiologíaUniversidad de Costa RicaSan JoséCosta Rica
  3. 3.Department of BiologyTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

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