Variation of amphibian and reptile composition in forest fragments of Veracruz highlands, Mexico

Authors

  • Angel Ivan Contreras-Calvario MESÓFILA. Predio o Instalación para el Manejo de la Vida Silvestre Fuera de su Hábitat Natural (PIMVS)
  • Abigail Mora Reyes MESÓFILA. Predio o Instalación para el Manejo de la Vida Silvestre Fuera de su Hábitat Natural (PIMVS)
  • Rene Avalos Vela MESÓFILA. Predio o Instalación para el Manejo de la Vida Silvestre Fuera de su Hábitat Natural (PIMVS)
  • Jorge L. Castillo Juárez MESÓFILA. Predio o Instalación para el Manejo de la Vida Silvestre Fuera de su Hábitat Natural (PIMVS)
  • M. Delia Basanta Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Biología

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.2316-9079.v20i2p139-150

Keywords:

Alfa diversity, Beta diversity, Herpetofauna, Mountain region, Richness

Abstract

The central mountain region of Veracruz is one of the richest areas of herpetofauna in Mexico. The steep topographic gradient of this region is associated with climatic gradients that enable the occurrence of highly diverse herpetofauna communities. We tested differences among habitats to herpetofauna in an urban area, pine forest, oak forest, and riparian forest of municipality Camerino Z. Mendoza, Veracruz, Mexico. We conducted two-day monthly surveys between 2015 and 2017 in 69 sites from fragments of an urban area, riparian forest, Quercus forest, and Quercus-Pinus forest and tested for differences in herpetofauna species among these fragments. We found a total of 11 amphibian and 33 reptile species, and a high composition dissimilarity and species replacement among the sites. Our results amplified significantly the species-records within Camerino Z. Mendoza, and showed a great variation of amphibian and reptile composition among sites, highlighting the current role of these forests as a reservoir for herpetofauna and their importance for future conservation strategies in the region.

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Published

2021-12-21

How to Cite

Contreras-Calvario, A. I. ., Mora Reyes, A., Avalos Vela, R., Castillo Juárez, J. L., & Basanta, M. D. (2021). Variation of amphibian and reptile composition in forest fragments of Veracruz highlands, Mexico. Phyllomedusa: Journal of Herpetology, 20(2), 139-150. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.2316-9079.v20i2p139-150

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