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Herpetological Review 37(2), 2006 167 Herpetological Review, 2006, 37(2), 167170.

Summary: Herpetological Review 37(2), 2006 167
Herpetological Review, 2006, 37(2), 167170.
2006 by Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Checklist and Comments on the Terrestrial
Reptile Fauna of Kau Wildlife Area, Papua New
Museum of Natural Science, 119 Foster Hall, Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803, USA
e-mail: ccaustin@lsu.edu
The island of New Guinea has been identified as a megadiverse
region because of its extraordinary biodiversity and highly en-
demic biota (Mittermeier and Mittermeier 1997). New Guinea,
the world's largest and highest tropical island, occupies less than
1% of global land area yet 57% of the world's biodiversity is
found on the island (Beehler 1993; Dinerstein and Wikramanayake
1993; Mack 1998; Myers et al. 2000). The herpetofauna of New
Guinea currently known to science accounts for about 5% of the
world's reptile and amphibian diversity (Allison et al. 1998). Re-
markably, this is an underestimate of true diversity; it is predicted


Source: Austin, Christopher C. - Museum of Natural Science, Louisiana State University


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