Check List 17(3): 791-814, doi: 10.15560/17.3.791
Preliminary report on the herpetofaunal diversity of Batu Hampar Recreational Forest, Kedah, Malaysia
expand article infoHong Zijia, Shahrul Anuar, L. Lee Grismer§, Evan S. H. Quah|
‡ Universiti Sains Malaysia, Gelugor, Malaysia§ La Sierra University, Riverside, United States of America| Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
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Abstract

Batu Hampar Recreational Forest (BHRF) is a lowland dipterocarp forest located in the northwestern region of Peninsular Malaysia and has not been surveyed for its herpetofauna until now. A preliminary survey of the herpetofaunal diversity of BHRF was conducted from September 2018 to February 2019 resulting in 103 individuals (37 species) of amphibians and reptiles found. This includes 14 species of frogs from six families and 10 genera; 14 species of lizards from four families and 11 genera; eight species of snakes from five families and eight genera; and one species of freshwater turtle. From these results, Batu Hampar Recreational Forest has a high herpetofaunal diversity with a Simpson’s Index of Diversity of 0.869 and a Shannon-Wiener Diversity Index of 2.930. In the future, additional surveys over longer periods of time should be conducted at BHRF to produce a more complete checklist.

Keywords
Amphibians, reptiles, checklist, herpetology, lowland rainforest