News

New Website: www.tanzaniaherps.org


New phylogeny of Colubroidea

The phylogeny of advanced snakes (Colubroidea), with discovery of a new subfamily and comparison of support methods for likelihood trees


Vipera latastei in North Africa and climate change.

This article discusses the effects of climate change on the relict populations of Vipera latastei in North Africa. The prediction is not very optimistic:

Brito et al., 2011. Climate change and peripheral populations: predictions for a relict Mediterranean viper. Acta Herpetologica 6(1): 105-118


Share your pictures

We have created a Flickr group for anybody who has photographs or videos of amphibians and reptiles shot in Morocco or Western Sahara and desires to share them.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/moroccoherps/

If we were interested in publishing any of the photographs added to the group in the gallery of the web, we would contact the author to ask their permission. For adding photographs to the group, these must be of amphibians or reptiles photographed free in Morocco or the Western Sahara. This means that we will not accept photos of the injured and dying cobras from the Djemma El-Fná Square in Marrakech, nor chameleons and turtles locked in cages that you can find in many of the Moroccan souks. We will accept the photographs of captured species “in hand” if the species or the circumstances require it, although, we will give preference to the photos that show the animals in their natural habitat or attitudes. The same conditions are applicable to videos.



Spring 2011 Trip: Final list

The team that remained in Morocco to try to find the elusive Varano has returned.

In addition to finding the Varanus griseus, a species more abundant toward Egypt and the Middle East but very scarce in Morocco, they also found these interesting species to be added to the list of species of the previous post:

Alytes maurus
Bufo brongersmai
Mauremys leprosa
Tarentola deserti
Tarentola annularis
Ptyodactylus oudrii
Stenodactylus mauritanicus
Tropiocolotes algericus
Trapelus mutabilis
Uromastyx nigriventris
Uromastyx dispar
Varanus griseus
Timon tangitanus
Podarcis vaucheri
Acanthodactylus busacki
Acanthodactylus boskianus
Acanthodactylus dumerili
Chalcides ocellatus
Myriopholis algeriensis
Spalerosophis dolichospilus
Malpolon insignitus
Psammophis schokari

This makes a total of 44 species, 8 amphibians and 36 reptiles.