The herpetofauna of the river Someş/Szamos basin

This paper presents the herpetofauna of the Some? river basin. 20 species were recorded, from which 12 are amphibians and 8 are reptiles. 11 habitat types favourable for amphibians and 8 types for reptiles have been identified in the mountain area of the Some?ul Cald where 7 amphibian species and 6...

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Main Authors: Ghira Ioan
Ghile Paul
Format: Book part
Published: 1999
Series:Tiscia monograph series
The Somes/Szamos river valley : a study of the geography, hydrobiology and ecology of the river system and its environment
Kulcsszavak:Szamos folyó - ökológia, Szamos folyó - élővilág
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Online Access:http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/10185
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Summary:This paper presents the herpetofauna of the Some? river basin. 20 species were recorded, from which 12 are amphibians and 8 are reptiles. 11 habitat types favourable for amphibians and 8 types for reptiles have been identified in the mountain area of the Some?ul Cald where 7 amphibian species and 6 reptile species were found.The number of amphibian species was bigger in the beech forests, than in the nearby spruce-fir forests. The reptiles have larger populations in the beech forests, although more species were found in the spruce-fir forests (5 species) that in the beech forests (4 species). The differences between these two types of habitats studied are mainly caused by two factors: the low pH of water and soil determined by the spruce-fir forest and especially by the Sphagnum moss, which could disturb certain amphibian species; and the floristic poverty of spruce-fir area, which probably determines a poverty of invertebrate fauna, this being the cause of the low number of amphibian and reptile populations in that area.
Physical Description:311-317
ISSN:1418-0448