17 new species of amphibians, reptiles discovered in Tanzania

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From Wildlife Extra:

Tanzania forests yield 17 new species of amphibians and reptiles

05/01/2009 23:46:16

The Nguru Mountains of Tanzania have proved to be an endangered treasure trove of herpeto-fauna

By Michele Menegon & Nike Doggart

January 2009. Despite the vicinity of a major road, the rainforests of the South Nguru Mountains in eastern Tanzania were virtually unexplored until 2004, particularly from a herpetological point of view.

Several surveys were conducted between 2004 and 2006 with the aim of providing a comprehensive list of the amphibian and reptile species of this overlooked hotspot of biological diversity. The surveys were carried out by Michele Menegon, a researcher from the Natural Science Museum of Trento, Italy, in collaboration with the Tanzanian NGO Tanzania Forest Conservation Group and the Frontier Tanzania Forest Research Program.

17 new species

The surveys have resulted in the discovery of 17 reptile and amphibian species new to science. These species are only known from the Nguru Mountains. Overall, the surveys recorded a total of 92 herpeto-faunal species of which 15 were species previously only known from other areas.

Conservation urgently needed

Pressure on the forests, particularly the lowland forests, remains high. A conservation planning process is now underway that is attempting to address the loss of these critically important forests. These results, documenting the high species richness and the outstanding number of endemics of the forests, strongly highlight the biological importance of the South Nguru Mountains and place them among the most important sites for the conservation of herpetofauna in Africa.

A paper summarizing the results of the surveys, is published in the current issue of the scientific journal Acta Herpetologica and can be downloaded here.

Other recent discoveries in Tanzania – New genus of monkey!

Despite being a relatively well known and studied country, there are still many surprises lurking in some of Tanzania’s nooks and crannies. Recent discoveries include a new Species of Giant Elephant-Shrew and, amazingly, a new genus of monkey, the Kipunji which is critically endangered.

Photos here.

Tanzania: Sustainable forest management increases local income one hundred-fold: here.

4 thoughts on “17 new species of amphibians, reptiles discovered in Tanzania

  1. Tanzania: Stunning View of Wildlife at Tarangire River

    Elisha Mayallah

    21 March 2009
    Arusha — Dressed in a traditional red ‘shuka’ a Maasai with a wood in his right-hand called out Tembo!, Tembo!. referring to the elephant. His bright red shuka was in stark contrast to the surrounding greenery. “You go down there, Tembo.” He pointed out again toward the Tarangire River just down the hillside.

    It was last October when I found myself in a Land Rover driving into Tarangire National Park, one of the 15 Parks in the Tanzania National Parks family.

    Located just nearly two hours drive from Arusha, Tarangire is a popular park on-transit for safaris way through to Ngorongoro and Serengeti.

    We headed toward the Tarangire River which attracts a high density of wildlife during the dry season from August through October. But even early months large herds of elephants seek out this grassland habitat.

    Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of elephants found anywhere else in the Tanzania parks, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees – makes it a beautiful and special park in the northern circuit.

    Once driving along the river we viewed both elephants and giraffe seeking refreshing in cool waters. A few bull elephants grabbed at the waters with their sensitive trunks while others grazed on the tender grasses along the bank.

    Elegant long necked giraffe stood and stared, each with their own brown and yellow patterns, unique like fingerprints. Curious, they made me feel like an interloper in this exotic land.

    Further down the dirt road we flushed thousands of Yellow-bellied Bulbuls. The tiny birds surged like a great school of fish shifting on the oceans current. They flowed on the wind, chirping all the way, circling and settling exactly where they started from.

    Driving deeper into the thickening forest a small herd of elephants emerged onto the red muddy road. Squeals and grunts emanated from the pair as they wrestled, the larger one pinning the youngster in the red dirt. Their trunks intertwined and I was wide-eyed and thrilled

    A bold trumpeting sound blared from across the road. I turned in time to see a large bull, ears flared, dust spraying from its trunk. He charged the vehicle, stomping at the ground.

    In barely a few seconds he was so close just as fast he backed away and the threat was gone.

    All the elephants retreated together into the bush with the adults forming a circle around the young. In the Cruiser we were thrilled by what just happened.

    My thoughts, as we rounded up the trip, did that Maasai know this was going to happen?

    Copyright © 2009 Arusha Times.


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