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This preface of this book Conservation of Caribbean Island Herpetofaunas provides an overview of the concepts of this study. The aim is to provide a comprehensive set of articles detailing conservation concerns and actions on the amphibians and reptiles (including sea turtles) of the territories (islands or island groups) of the wider Caribbean, a region of notable biodiversity. Subjects for consideration included the general ecology of the islands; their human history, especially relating to development; major environmental problems; conservation legislation; protected areas relevant to herpetofauna; conservation status of the herpetofauna; notable species or groups; conservation programmes or ecotourism involving amphibians and reptiles; introduced herpetofauna; and recommendations.

Keywords: Caribbean Island; herpetofaunas



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