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The Reptile Atlas and Checklist of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland



The Reptile Atlas and Checklist of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland


Authors: Michael F. Bates, William R. Branch, Aaron M. Bauer, Marius Burger,
Johan Marais, Graham J. Alexander & Marienne S. de Villiers

Published by SANBI Publishing as first monograph in new SANBI Suricata series, May 2014

The Reptile Atlas is a book that was published with the coordinated input from ADU, the SANBI Threatened Species Programme and SANBI Publishing. A team of reptile experts has written a comprehensive but accessible account for each of the 422 species included in the book, and includes information on the distribution, habitat, threats and conservation measures required for the conservation of each species. Each species is placed in one of the threat categories of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List system, an internationally endorsed scientific approach to assessing the risks of extinction to species.

The Reptile Atlas and Checklist of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland marks the initiation of a new series of publications by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). By Act of Parliament in 2004, SANBI grew out of the National Botanical Institute to take responsibility for all biodiversity in South Africa. Its mandate was extended to include all life, not just plants. This publication marks the opportunity to launch a monographic series for South Africa animals Suricata, and the reptile atlas is the first of many planned animal monographs.

The Reptile Atlas was launched on 16 April at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden and an additional launch took place at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on 6 May.

The broad range of information as well as the informative and beautiful illustrations presented here makes this a publication which will be useful to everyone, from conservation planners and managers, researchers, professional and amateur herpetologists, legislators, environmental consultants and members of the public. Copies are available from the SANBI Bookshop (bookshop@sanbi.org.za) and can also be ordered with mail order forms which are available on the SANBI website www.sanbi.org.

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