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Introduced Amphibians And Reptiles In The Greater Caribbean: Patterns And Conservation Implications

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The islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire lie in the southern Caribbean Sea. Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire together with the Venezuelan islands of LosMonjes, Islas Aves, Los Roques, La Orchila and La Blanquilla form an island archipelago north of the Venezuelan coast. According to the Eilandenregeling Nederlandse Antillen, 1954, which forms part of the present constitution of the Netherlands Antilles, nature conservation is a responsibility of the island governments. This chapter lists the terrestrial amphibians and reptiles of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire, and the lesser islands of Klein Curaçao and Klein Bonaire, with their status as endemic, native or introduced. Species of amphibians and reptiles introduced on one or more of the islands are also included. Their effects on the indigenous species, as far as can be ascertained, are described.

Keywords:amphibians; Aruba; Bonaire; Curaçao; Netherlands; reptiles



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