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The Herpetofauna of the Senkaku Group, Ryukyu Archipelago

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Title:The Herpetofauna of the Senkaku Group, Ryukyu Archipelago
Authors:Ota, Hidetoshi
Sakaguchi, Noriaki
Ikehara, Sadao
Hikida, Tsutomu
Date Issued:Jul 1993
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Ota H, Sakaguchi N, Ikehara S, Hikida T. 1993. The herpetofauna of the Senkaku Group, Ryukyu Archipelago. Pac Sci 47(3): 248-255.
Abstract:The herpetofauna of the Senkaku Group, western Ryukyus, was
reviewed on the basis of recent fieldwork, as well as museum specimens and
literature records. As a result, six species of reptiles were recorded from the
islands. They are Gekko hokouensis Pope, Eumeces elegans Boulenger, Scincella
sp., Ramphotyphlops braminus (Daudin), Elaphe carinata carinata (Gunther), and
Dinodon rufozonatus rufozonatus (Cantor). No amphibian species were recorded.
The herpetofauna of the Senkaku Group is distinct from that of other parts of
the Ryukyu Archipelago and is more similar to that of Taiwan and eastern
continental China. These conclusions conform with paleogeographical evidence
indicating that most islands of the Senkaku Group and Taiwan were connected
to the eastern margin of the continent during the most recent glacial period,
when the remaining Ryukyu Islands were never connected by dry land with
the continent.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 47, Number 3, 1993

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