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Acta zoológica mexicana

On-line version ISSN 2448-8445Print version ISSN 0065-1737


RIOJAS-LOPEZ, Mónica E.  and  MELLINK, Eric. Herpetofauna del Rancho Las Papas, Jalisco, llanuras de Ojuelos-Aguascalientes, México. Acta Zool. Mex [online]. 2006, vol.22, n.3, pp.85-94. ISSN 2448-8445.

As part of a project focused on evaluating the potential of modified habitats for biological conservation in the Llanos de Ojuelos-Aguascalientes physiographic subprovince in central Mexico, we inventoried the amphibians and reptiles of Rancho Las Papas, Jalisco, between May 1999 and September 2005. This ranch contains grassland, native and cultivated nopaleras (communities of prickly pear, Opuntia spp.), ravine xerophyllous scrub, and ephemeral and permanent water bodies. In this ranch we have documented 5 species of amphibians and 13 of reptiles, 9 of which are protected by the Mexican government. Our data show that relatively small areas that area subject to agriculture and animal ranching have a conservation potential for amphibians and reptiles under certain land management schemes. It is possible to preserve the region's herpetofauna in ways that are compatible with productive activities.

Keywords : amphibians; reptiles; semiarid; conservation.

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