Abstract

The Weipa region has a rich and diverse herpetofauna of which many species are shared both with New Guinea and other regions of northern Australia. Twenty native species of frogs and 76 species of reptiles have been recorded in the Weipa region and individual species accounts, photos and identification keys are provided. The herpetofauna may include as many as four undescribed species but it lacks the high level of endemicity characteristic of the herpetofauna on the eastern side of Cape York Peninsula. The arrival and establishment of the introduced Cane Toad (Bufo marinus) in the Weipa region is documented.

One crocodile and four marine turtles in the region are listed by the IUCN as vulnerable or endangered; a small burrowing snake has been proposed for the Squamata section of the IUCN Red Data Book. The region experiences a very dry winter (average monthly rainfall from June to September less than 4 mm) but contains significant dry season refugia for a number of frog species hitherto recorded only from more mesic habitats. Seven of these refuge sites are recommended for habitat conservation.

Many of the regeneration sites provide suitable habitat for the frogs and reptiles characteristic of the pre-mined open forest but some species are apparently excluded because large, hollow-bearing trees and/or suitable ground cover are lacking.

 
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Short Form
Cameron and Cogger, 1992, Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus. 7: 1–200
Author
E. E. Cameron; Harold G. Cogger
Year
1992
Title
The herpetofauna of the Weipa region, Cape York Peninsula
Serial Title
Technical Reports of the Australian Museum
Volume
7
Start Page
1
End Page
200
DOI
10.3853/j.1031-8062.7.1992.72
Language
English
Plates
36 colour plates; 8 appendices
Date Published
18 September 1992
Cover Date
18 September 1992
ISBN
ISBN 0-7305-9975-2
ISSN
1031-8062
CODEN
TRAMEU
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
REPTILIA; TAXONOMY; BIOGEOGRAPHY
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10 August 2005
Available Online
04 March 2009
Reference Number
72
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