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Biodiversity pp 329-335 | Cite as

Amphibian species diversity in Bolivia

  • Jörn Köhler
  • Stefan Lötters
  • Steffen Reichle
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Abstract

To obtain a first tentative impression of amphibian diversity patterns in Bolivia, distributional data of 166 known species was compiled and linked to eco-geographical zones. These findings confirm that the general worldwide tendency for species richness to decrease as latitude and/or altitude increase also occurs in large parts of Bolivia in regard to amphibians. The perhumid Yungas play a special role, harbouring a remarkable variety of species for its size, including almost all endemic taxa.

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Species Richness Amphibian Species Endemic Taxon Amphibian Species Richness Amphibian Diversity 
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Diversidad de especies de anfibios en Bolivia

Resumen

Para recibir una primera impresión aproximada de los patrones de diversidad de anfibios en Bolivia, se recopilaron datos distributivos de 166 especies conocidas y se asociaron con zonas ecogeográficas. En la mayor parte de Bolivia se confirmö la tendencia generai hacia una disminuciön de la riqueza de especies en anfibios al aumentar la latitud y la altitud. Las siempre húmedas Yungas desempeñan un papel especial, ofreciendo refugio a una considerable variedad de especies relativa al tamaño del área, incluyendo casi todos los taxa endémicos.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jörn Köhler
    • 1
    • 2
  • Stefan Lötters
    • 1
    • 2
  • Steffen Reichle
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Zoological Research Institute and Museum Alexander KoenigBonnGermany
  2. 2.Institute of GeographyUniversity of BonnGermany

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