Check List 16(6): 1633-1655, doi: 10.15560/16.6.1633
Amphibians and Reptiles of the Tirimbina Biological Reserve: a baseline for conservation, research and environmental education in a lowland tropical wet forest in Costa Rica
expand article infoBranko Hilje, Gerardo Chaves§, Jeremy Klank|, Ferdy Timmerman, Joshua Feltham#, Scott Gillingwater¤, Teresa Piraino«, Emmanuel Rojas»
‡ Council on International Educational Exchange, Monteverde, Costa Rica§ Deparment of biology, Uiversidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica| Escuela de Biología de la Universidad de Costa Rica, Ciudad Universitaria Rodrigo Facio, San José, Costa Rica¶ Bureau Viridis - Ecological Research & Consultancy, Culemborg, Netherlands# Sir Sandford Fleming College, School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Frost Campus, Lindsay, Canada¤ Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, London, Canada« WSP Canada Ltd., Kitchener, Canada» Tirimbina Biological Reserve, Heredia, Costa Rica
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The Tirimbina Biological Reserve is located in the lowlands on the Atlantic versant of Costa Rica. We provide an updated comprehensive herpetofauna species list and summarize the results of all the herpetofauna research conducted at Tirimbina over the last 10 years (2009–2019) across a variety of microhabitats. We also added historical records from occasional sightings and reports from researchers, staff, visitors, interns, fellows, and volunteers since the 1990s. We found 52 amphibian and 78 reptile species on the reserve, including a few species considered at-risk according to the IUCN Red List. We conclude that Tirimbina is a herpetofauna biodiversity hot spot in Costa Rica because it provides unique habitat characteristics for a variety of species, including habitat for both forest and forest-edge specialists.

biodiversity, Costa Rica, frogs, herpetofauna, hot spot, lizards, primary forest, Sarapiquí, snakes.