Title Page
 Table of Contents
 List of Tables
 List of Figures
 The herpetofauna of Kibale national...
 Ecological correlates of litter...
 Appendix A: Amphibians from eight...
 Appendix B: Reptiles from eight...
 Biographical sketch

Group Title: amphibians and reptiles of Kibale Forest, Uganda
Title: The Amphibians and reptiles of Kibale Forest, Uganda
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00100655/00001
 Material Information
Title: The Amphibians and reptiles of Kibale Forest, Uganda herpetofaunal survey and ecological study of the forest floor litter community
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Vonesh, James R., 1969- ( Dissertant )
Lillywhite, H. ( Thesis advisor )
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 1998
Copyright Date: 1998
Subjects / Keywords: Zoology thesis, M.S   ( lcsh )
Dissertations, Academic -- Zoology -- UF   ( lcsh )
Genre: government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Uganda--Kibale
Abstract: The amphibians and reptiles of Kibale National Park in western Uganda were inventoried over an 18-mo. period in 1995 and 1996-97. A total of 75 species, including 28 amphibians and 47 reptiles, were collected or observed. Comparison with other equatorial African herpetofaunas confirms that the Kibale fauna is most similar to those of southwest Uganda and eastern Congo-Zaire, both hypothesized Pleistocene forest refugia. Comparison with a West Africa fauna also shows a fair degree of overlap, while almost no overlap was observed between Kibale and the forests of coastal East Africa. This confirms that the Kibale herpetofauna is an extension of the Guinea-Congolean forest faunas. Randomly placed 5 x 5 m plots were used to sample the herpetofauna of the forest leaf-litter layer in unlogged forest, logged forest, and a neighboring exotic pine plantation. A total of 18 amphibian and reptile species were captured in the litter, a number similar to that observed in mid-elevation tropical forests in Central America and Southeast Asia. Density at Kibale was much lower than most previous studies. Analysis of the feeding ecology of the most abundant litter species showed that most diurnal litter frogs are active foragers of hard-bodied prey such as ants; sit-and-wait predators of larger soft-bodied prey are curiously absent. Plots sampled under fruiting Ficus natalensis trees showed significantly higher prey densities, but litter amphibians and reptiles did not seem to respond to this increase. Of the physical and biotic factors measured in each plot, seasonal changes in soil moisture were most closely correlated with the patterns of herpetofauna abundance observed in the forest. This is consistent with the fact that Kibale receives less rain than any site where the ecology of the litter herpetofauna has been studied, and that most of the species present in Kibale are believed to have evolved in the wetter forests of eastern Congo-Zaire.
Thesis: Thesis (M.S.)--University of Florida, 1998.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 94-100).
Statement of Responsibility: by James R. Vonesh.
General Note: Title from first page of PDF file.
General Note: Document formatted into pages; contains x, 101 p.; also contains graphics (some in color).
General Note: Vita.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00100655
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 81493781
alephbibnum - 002424957
notis - AMD0037


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Table of Contents
    Title Page
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    Table of Contents
        Page v
    List of Tables
        Page vi
        Page vii
    List of Figures
        Page viii
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    The herpetofauna of Kibale national park, Uganda: Species composition and biogeography
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    Ecological correlates of litter herpetofauna: Richness and abundance
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    Appendix A: Amphibians from eight tropical African localities
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    Appendix B: Reptiles from eight tropical African localities
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    Biographical sketch
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