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Species diversity and checklist of Anurans on Langkawi Island, Peninsular Malaysia, with an overview of habitat preferences

J. NUR JOHANA, N. EHWAN, A. M. MUZZNEENA, L. L. GRISMER, A. AMIRRUDIN, A. NORHAYATI

Abstract


Habitat requirements will propose how individuals group themselves in a community so that they can survive in the environment. It is therefore important to perceive how they use their habitats and how this affects their diversity and abundance. In this study, an overview of anurans habitat preferences resulted in a total of 23 species recorded from seven types of habitat; agriculture land, coastal area, forest, pond, mangrove, river and riparian forest, complementing 28 species previously known from the island. Rarefaction method used to compare species richness showed that all habitats were underestimated. Most common species, however, appeared to persist at high population abundances compared to forest specialists anuran species. This study revealed new information on the distribution of species in other habitat types not previously sampled before.

Keywords


Frogs, amphibians, island, tropical rainforest, human habitation

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