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A Preliminary Survey of the Amphibian Fauna of Kisangani Ecoregion, Democratic Republic of the Congo


BG Badjedjea, BJ Akuboy, MF Masudi, JA Asimonyio, KP Museu, Koto-te-Nyiwa Ngbolua

1 Department of Ecology and Aquatic Biodiversity Resources, Biodiversity Monitoring Centre, University of Kisangani, P.O. Box 2012 Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
2 Department of Ecology and Terrestrial Biodiversity Resources, Biodiversity Monitoring Centre, University of Kisangani, P.O. Box 2012 Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
3 Geological and Mining Research Centre (CRGM), Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
4 Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Kinshasa, P.O. Box 190 Kinshasa XI, Democratic Republic of the Congo


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Received: September 10, 2015,   Accepted: November 2, 2015,   Published:


Abstract:

A preliminary study on amphibians was conducted in three selected sites of Kisangani region and surroundings in the Orientale Province (Democratic Republic of the Congo). In this part of the country, data on herpetological diversity are scarce; therefore, knowledge of the biodiversity of amphibians in the Kisangani region and its surroundings is still incomplete. A survey was conducted in three protected areas in the Orientale Province of Democratic Republic of the Congo, namely Tshuapa–Lomami–Lualaba Conservation Landscape, Hunting Reserve of Rubi-Télé, and Uma forest with the aim of identifying amphibian fauna biodiversity of such regions. 29 amphibian species were identified. Most of the species were collected in the forest habitats especially primary forest and secondary forest. Few species were collected in the farm bush or in fallow lands. The most noteworthy species are: Hyperolius bolifambae, Hyperolius kuligae, Cardioglossa gracilis, Cardioglossa leucomystax, Leptopelis millsoni, Leptopelis notatus, Nectophryne batesi, Amietophrynus tuberosus. The amphibians constitute bio-indicators of relevance in evaluating the ecosystem integrity because their presence or absence informs about the degree of ecosystem degradation. It is thus desirable that this study is extended to other sites in order to evaluate the impact of the human activities on the forest ecosystems of the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Keywords: Bio-monitoring, Amphibians, Protected areas, Democratic Republic of the Congo


Citation:

Koto-te-Nyiwa Ngbolua et al (2015). A Preliminary Survey of the Amphibian Fauna of Kisangani Ecoregion, Democratic Republic of the Congo. J. of Advanced Botany and Zoology, V3I4. DOI: 10.15297/JABZ.V3I4.01


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© 2015 Koto-te-Nyiwa Ngbolua. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


      
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