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Recent Records of Exotic Reptiles on Pohnpei, Eastern Caroline Islands, Micronesia

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Title:Recent Records of Exotic Reptiles on Pohnpei, Eastern Caroline Islands, Micronesia
Authors:Buden, Donald W.
Lynch, D.B.
Zug, George R.
Date Issued:Jan 2001
Publisher:University of Hawai’i Press
Citation:Buden DW, Lynch DB, Zug GR. 2001. Recent records of exotic reptiles on Pohnpei, Eastern Caroline Islands, Micronesia. Pac Sci 55(1): 65-70.
Abstract:Seven nonindigenous species of reptiles (two freshwater turtles, one
gekkonid lizard, and four snakes) were recorded on Pohnpei and adjacent Ant
Atoll (Federated States of Micronesia) for the first time within the past 15 yr,
three within the past 3 yr. They apparently reached Pohnpei by deliberate or
inadvertent human-assisted transport, originating from widespread and distant
areas including North America, Southeast Asia, Indoaustralia, and other Pacific
islands. Pohnpeians (and many other Pacific islanders) often do not perceive
exotics as a potential threat to the balance of natural ecosystems. Additional
training and education addressing the potentially disastrous consequences of
alien species and directed especially toward agencies entrusted with monitoring
environmental quality are recommended to help preserve biodiversity on these
small island nations.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 55, Number 1, 2001

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