PL Cunningham L Maartens M Prickett


Knowledge of the herpetofauna associated with the Kunene River mouth area is incomplete with few published records. During a field visit in January 2018, eight species previously not known to occur in the area were identified, increasing the known reptile species richness to 18 species. Of these at least three species (possibly four if FitzSimon’s burrowing skink is included) are endemic with the Cunene racer listed as indeterminate (rare?) and vulnerable, underscoring the importance of the general Kunene River mouth area for reptiles. The area remains unique and all developments, especially if located in the sensitive areas, should be approached with caution.


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