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Herpetodiversity Andean valleys



Quick facts

Project title: 
Herpetodiversity and biogeography of Andean dry forest valleys of Northern Peru
ZFMK Project lead: 
Object of research: 
Amphibians, Reptiles


Andean dry forests are among the least investigated biotopes worldwide. To date no protected area has been established in the Marañón valley. If no conservation strategies will soon be developed and implemented the destruction of this unique habitat will proceed and the decline of its diversity will be irreversible. The project involves a herpetological inventory and an exemplary phylogeographic analysis on the basis of selected groups.

A checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of 35 localities situated in the northern Peruvian dry forest valley of the Marañón River and its tributaries, containing 14 species of amphibians and 54 species of reptiles, is provided from data collected between July 2005 and April 2014 during several herpetological surveys and from the literature.


Contact person

Curator Herpetology
Radiation Protection Officer
Head of Animal Husbandry
+49 228 9122-234
+49 228 9122-212
c.koch [at]