9789774249792

A Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians of Egypt

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    9789774249792

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    9774249798

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-06-01
  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
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Summary

"This book provides concise, reliable, and up-to-date information on all 118 species currently recognized from Egypt, with detailed review of their taxonomy, identification, natural history, ecology, and conservation. This volume is based on the author's twenty-year experience with the reptile and amphibian fauna of Egypt and the Middle East, which includes extensive fieldwork and research. In total, the current work adds almost 20 percent to the previously reported fauna from Egypt, and presents many taxonomic innovations that are reported and elaborated here for the first time." "Each species entry contains concise information, including synonymy, tanxonomic notes, world and Egypt distributions, distinguishing features, habitat, ecology and conservation status. Over 130 high-quality color photographs and line drawings illustrate all the species dealt with. With easy-to-use keys, accurate distribution maps, diagnostic illustrations, a comprehensive bibliography, this guide is a valuable tool in the identification, study, and conservation of the animals."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography


Sherif Baha el Din holds a Ph.D. in ecology and is an advisor to the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency. He is the author of several books, including The Common Birds of Egypt (AUC Press, 1984).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Foreword xv
Introduction 1(3)
The Egyptian Setting
4(2)
Evolution of Egypt's Landscape and Its Herpetofauna
6(5)
The Contemporary Egyptian Herpetofauna
11(5)
Biogeography
12(1)
Species Richness and Distribution
13(3)
Herpetofaunal Habitats of Egypt
16(6)
Desert Habitats
16(1)
The Western Mediterranean Coastal Desert
16(1)
Wadis and Mountains
17(1)
Gravel Plains
17(1)
Sand Dunes
18(1)
Oases
18(1)
Wetland Habitats
19(1)
Littoral Habitats
19(1)
Marine Habitats
20(1)
Arable and Urban Landscape
20(2)
Conservation
22(2)
Methodology
24(4)
Notes on the Text
25(1)
Classification and Nomenclature
25(1)
Species Included
26(1)
Species Maps
26(1)
Abbreviations
27(1)
Amphibia
28(1)
Order ANURA (Frogs and Toads)
28(20)
Bufonidae
29(8)
Genus Bufo
29(1)
Bufo dodsoni, Dodson's Toad
29(2)
Bufo kassasii, Nile Valley Toad
31(2)
Bufo regularis, Egyptian Toad
33(2)
Bufo viridis, Green Toad
35(2)
Ranidae
37(9)
Genus Ptychadena
37(1)
Ptychadena mascareniensis, Mascarene Ridged Frog
37(2)
Ptychadena schillukorum, Sudan Ridged Frog
39(2)
Genus Rana
41(1)
Rana bedriagae, Levant Green Frog
42(1)
Rana saharica, Saharan Green Frog
43(3)
Hylidae
46(2)
Genus Hyla
46(1)
Hyla savignyi, Savigny's Tree Frog
46(2)
Reptilia
48(1)
Order SQUAMATA: Suborder SAURIA (Lizards)
48(163)
Gekkonidae
50(65)
Genus Cyrtopodion
52(1)
Cyrtopodion scabrum, Keeled Rock Gecko
52(3)
Genus Hemidactylus
55(2)
Hemidactylus flaviviridis, Yellow-bellied Gecko
57(1)
Hemidactylus foudaii, Elba Gecko
58(1)
Hemidactylus mindiae, Mount Sinai Gecko
59(3)
Hemidactylus robustus, Red Sea Gecko
62(2)
Hemidactylus sinaitus, Speckled Gecko
64(2)
Hemidactylus turcicus, Turkish Gecko
66(2)
Genus Pristurus
68(1)
Pristurus flavipunctatus, Semaphore Gecko
68(3)
Genus Ptyodactylus
71(1)
Ptyodactylus guttatus, Spotted Fan-toed Gecko
72(2)
Ptyodactylus hasselquistii, Egyptian Fan-toed Gecko
74(2)
Ptyodactylus ragazzii, Sahelian Fan-toed Gecko
76(2)
Ptyodactylus siphonorhina, Saharan Fan-toed Gecko
78(2)
Genus Stenodactylus
80(1)
Stenodactylus mauritanicus, Northern Elegant Gecko
81(2)
Stenodactylus petrii, Sand Gecko
83(3)
Stenodactylus sthenodactylus, Elegant Gecko
86(3)
Genus Tarentola
89(2)
Tarentola annularis, Egyptian Gecko
91(3)
Tarentola mauritanica, Moorish Gecko
94(4)
Tarentola mindiae, Qattara Gecko
98(2)
Genus Tropiocolotes
100(3)
Tropiocolotes bisharicus, Bishari Pigmy Gecko
103(2)
Tropiocolotes nattereri, Natterer's Pigmy Gecko
105(2)
Tropiocolotes nubicus, Nubian Pigmy Gecko
107(3)
Tropiocolotes steudneri, Steudner's Pigmy Gecko
110(2)
Tropiocolotes tripolitanus, Tripoli Pigmy Gecko
112(3)
Agamidae
115(23)
Genus Agama
115(1)
Agama spinosa, Spiny Agama
116(1)
Genus Laudakia
117(1)
Laudakia stellio, Starred Agama
118(3)
Genus Pseudotrapelus
121(1)
Pseudotrapelus sinaitus, Sinai Agama
121(1)
Genus Trapelus
122(2)
Trapelus mutabilis, Changeable Agama
124(1)
Trapelus pallidus, Pallid Agama
125(2)
Trapelus savignii, Savigny's Agama
127(2)
Genus Uromastyx
129(2)
Uromastyx aegyptia, Egyptian Dabb Lizard
131(2)
Uromastyx ocellata, Ocellated Dabb Lizard
133(2)
Uromastyx ornata, Ornate Dabb Lizard
135(3)
Chamaeleonidae
138(7)
Genus Chamaeleo
138(2)
Chamaeleo africanus, African Chamaeleon
140(2)
Chamaeleo chamaeleon, Common Chamaeleon
142(3)
Lacertidae
145(44)
Genus Acanthodactylus
146(1)
Acanthodactylus boskianus, Bosc's Lizard
147(3)
Acanthodactylus longipes, Long-footed Lizard
150(4)
Acanthodactylus pardalis, Egyptian Leopard Lizard
154(3)
Acanthodactylus scutellatus, Nidua Lizard
157(3)
Genus Latastia
160(1)
Latastia longicaudata, Long-tailed Lizard
160(3)
Genus Mesalina
163(1)
Mesalina bahaeldini, Mount Sinai Lizard
163(1)
Mesalina brevirostris, Short-snouted Lizard
164(2)
Mesalina guttulata, Small-spotted Lizard
166(2)
Mesalina martini, Red Sea Lizard
168(2)
Mesalina olivieri, Olivier's Lizard
170(3)
Mesalina pasteuri, Saharan Lizard
173(1)
Mesalina rubropunctata, Red Spotted Lizard
174(2)
Genus Ophisops
176(2)
Ophisops elbaensis, Mount Elba Snake-eyed Lizard
178(1)
Ophisops elegans, Elegant Snake-eyed Lizard
179(2)
Ophisops occidentalis, Western Snake-eyed Lizard
181(2)
Genus Philochortus
183(1)
Philochortus zolii, Grass-loving Lizard
183(3)
Genus Pseuderemias
186(1)
Pseuderemias mucronata, Anseba Lizard
186(3)
Varanidae
189(5)
Genus Varanus
189(1)
Varanus griseus, Desert Monitor
189(2)
Varanus niloticus, Nile Monitor
191(3)
Scincidae
194(17)
Genus Ablepharus
194(1)
Ablepharus rueppellii, Rueppell's Snake-eyed Skink
194(2)
Genus Chalcides
196(1)
Chalcides ocellatus, Ocellated Skink
197(2)
Chalcides cf. humilis, Saharan Ocellated Skink
199(2)
Genus Eumeces
201(1)
Eumeces schneideri, Golden Skink
201(2)
Genus Scincus
203(1)
Scincus scincus, Sandfish
203(2)
Genus Sphenops
205(1)
Sphenops sepsoides, Audouin's Sand-skink
205(2)
Genus Trachylepis
207(1)
Trachylepis quinquetaeniata, Bean Skink
208(1)
Trachylepis vittata, Brideled Skink
209(2)
Order SQUAMATA: Suborder SERPENTES (Snakes)
211(87)
Typhlopidae
213(6)
Genus Ramphotyphlops
213(1)
Ramphotyphlops braminus, Flower-pot Blind Snake
213(3)
Genus Typhlops
216(1)
Typhlops vermicularis, Greek Blind Snake
216(3)
Leptotyphlopidae
219(7)
Genus Leptotyphlops
219(1)
Leptotyphlops cairi, Cairo Worm Snake
219(2)
Leptotyphlops macrorhynchus, Beaked Worm Snake
221(2)
Leptotyphlops nursii, Anderson's Worm Snake
223(3)
Boidae
226(5)
Genus Eryx
226(1)
Eryx colubrinus, Theban Sand Boa
226(2)
Eryx jaculus, Javelin Sand Boa
228(3)
Colubridae
231(47)
Genus Dasypeltis
232(1)
Dasypeltis scabra, Egg-eating Snake
232(2)
Genus Dolichophis
234(1)
Dolichophis jugularis, Large Whip Snake
234(1)
Genus Eirenis
235(1)
Eirenis coronella, Crowned Peace Snake
236(2)
Genus Hemorrhois
238(1)
Hemorrhois algirus, Algerian Whip Snake
238(2)
Hemorrohis nummifer, Coin-marked Snake
240(2)
Genus Lycophidion
242(1)
Lycophidion capense, Wolf Snake
242(1)
Genus Lytorhynchus
243(1)
Lytorhynchus diadema, Diademed Sand Snake
244(1)
Genus Macroprotodon
245(1)
Macroprotodon cucullatus, Hooded Snake
246(1)
Genus Malpolon
247(1)
Malpolon moilensis, Moila Snake
248(1)
Malpolon monspessulanus, Montpellier Snake
249(2)
Genus Natrix
251(1)
Natrix tessellata, Diced Water Snake
251(1)
Genus Platyceps
252(1)
Platyceps florulentus, Flowered Racer
253(2)
Platyceps rogersi, Spotted Racer
255(1)
Platyceps saharicus, Saharan Cliff Racer
256(2)
Platyceps sinai, Sinai Banded Snake
258(1)
Genus Psammophis
259(1)
Psammophis aegyptius, Saharan Sand Snake
260(3)
Psammophis punctulatus, Speckled Sand Snake
263(1)
Psammophis schokari, Schokari Sand Snake
264(2)
Psammophis sibilans, African Beauty Snake
266(2)
Genus Rhynchocalamus
268(1)
Rhynchocalamus melanocephalus, Palestine Black-headed Snake
268(2)
Genus Spalerosophis
270(1)
Spalerosophis diadema, Diadem Snake
270(2)
Genus Telescopus
272(1)
Telescopus dhara, Egyptian Cat Snake
272(3)
Telescopus hoogstraali, Hoogstraal's Cat Snake
275(3)
Elapidae
278(6)
Genus Naja
278(1)
Naja haje, Egyptian Cobra
278(2)
Naja nubiae, Nubian Spitting Cobra
280(2)
Genus Walterinnesia
282(1)
Walterinnesia aegyptia, Black Desert Cobra
282(2)
Atractaspididae
284(2)
Genus Atractaspis
284(1)
Atractaspis engaddensis, Palestine Burrowing Asp
284(2)
Viperidae
286(12)
Genus Cerastes
286(1)
Cerastes cerastes, Horned Viper
287(2)
Cerastes vipera, Sand Viper
289(2)
Genus Echis
291(1)
Echis coloratus, Burton's Carpet Viper
292(1)
Echis pyramidum, Carpet Viper
293(2)
Genus Pseudocerastes
295(1)
Pseudocerastes persicus. False Horned Viper
296(2)
Order Crocodylia (Crocodiles)
298(3)
Crocodylidae
298(3)
Genus Crocodylus
298(1)
Crocodylus niloticus, Nile Crocodile
298(3)
Order Testudines (Turtles and Tortoises)
301(27)
Testudinidae
302(5)
Genus Testudo
302(1)
Testudo kleinmanni, Egyptian Tortoise
302(5)
Cheloniidae
307(7)
Genus Caretta
307(1)
Caretta caretta, Loggerhead Turtle
307(2)
Genus Chelonia
309(1)
Chelonia mydas, Green Turtle
309(2)
Genus Eretmochelys
311(1)
Eretmochelys imbricata, Hawksbill Turtle
311(1)
Genus Lepidochelys
312(1)
Lepidochelys olivacea, Olive Ridley Turtle
312(2)
Dermochelyidae
314(2)
Genus Dermochelys
314(1)
Dermochelys coriacea, Leatherback Turtle
314(2)
Trionychidae
316(3)
Genus Trionyx
316(1)
Trionyx triunguis, Nile Soft-shelled Turtle
316(3)
Emydidae
319(3)
Genus Trachemys
319(1)
Trachemys scripta, Red-eared Terrapin
319(3)
Gazetteer of Egyptian Localities
322(6)
Glossary 328(2)
Bibliography 330(26)
Index of Scientific Names 356(2)
Index of English Names 358

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