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Reptile diversity in Beraliya Mukalana Proposed Forest Reserve, Galle District, Sri Lanka

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D. M. S. Suranjan Karunarathna ,

Young Zoologists’ Association of Sri Lanka, Department of National Zoological Gardens, Dehiwala, LK
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A. A. Thasun Amarasinghe

Komunitas Konservasi Alam Tanah Timur, Ciputat, Tangerang, ID
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Beraliya Mukalana Proposed Forest Reserve (BMPFR) is a fragmented lowland rainforest patch in Galle District, Sri Lanka. During our two-year survey we recorded a total of 66 species of reptile (28 Lizards, 36 Snakes and 2 Tortoises), which represents 31.4 % of the total Sri Lankan reptile fauna. Thirty-five of the species are endemic to Sri Lanka. Of the recorded 66 species, 1 species is Critically Endangered, 3 are Endangered, 6 are Vulnerable, 14 are Near-threatened and 4 are Data-deficient. This important forest area is threatened by harmful anthropogenic activities such as illegal logging, use of chemicals and land-fill. Environmental conservationists are urged to focus attention on this Wet-zone forest.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v4i1.4378

TAPROBANICA. April, 2012. Vol. 04, No. 01: pp. 20-26.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v4i1.4378
How to Cite: Karunarathna, D.M.S.S. & Amarasinghe, A.A.T., (2012). Reptile diversity in Beraliya Mukalana Proposed Forest Reserve, Galle District, Sri Lanka. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 4(1), pp.20–26. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v4i1.4378
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Published on 31 May 2012.
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