An important finding of these analyses is that although there is high species richness in El Monte Valley, the herptile
community is dominated by a relatively small number of common species that, in turn, influences the estimates of diversity.
2004), and in previous years fish and herptile
surveys have also been conducted on these lands (Foster et al.
There was also a total of 477 herptile
reports, which included frogs (268), toads (99), slow worms (64) and lizards (31).
Life in Cold Blood goes more thoroughly into the current state of biological understanding of these organisms than most coffee-table or young reader books, yet it reads much easier than most references written for the herptile
abundance and diversity in response to seasonal burning on a central Texas ashe juniper-live oak savannah.
George Cline is a field herpetologist whose research topics include frog communication, herpetological community structure, herptile
conservation biology, and amphibian and reptile ommunities.
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Warden staff monitored amphibians annually since 1983 as part of the herptile
management plan, but their reports contain qualitative abundance data only.
We thank the Direccion General de Flora y Fauna Silvestres for scientific collecting permits to study the herptile
fauna of Mexico over the years.
(which we presumed to be amphibians on the basis of their importance in prior studies of otter diet) have more robust bones than fish and were discerned from small mammals by a lack of hair found in the scat sample.