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          CN 51-1193/Q
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Notes on Amphibians and Reptiles of Hong Kong
Author of the article:ZHAO Er-mi
Author's Workplace:(Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041)
Key Words:Hong Kong; amphibians; reptiles
Abstract:Totally 107 amphibian and reptilian species have been recorded from Xianggang Special Administrative District (Hong Kong) of China. An update checklist of Hong Kong amphibians and reptiles is given as Table 1. Among which 23 amphibian and 75 reptilian species are living on land or in fresh water. Based on 98 terrestrial and fresh water species, the species density of Hong Kong is 897.4/104km2, which is 123 times of that of Guangdong and 22 times of that of Hainan. The fauna of Hong Kong is mainly composed of Southern Chinese (34.7%), Indo Chinese (22.4%) and Indo Malayan (20.4%) elements etc., as shown it Table 2. There only four (4.1%) species are endemic. In comparison with Chinese slutheastern coast provinces or autonomous region (Table 3), Hong Kong has high biotic resemblance value with Guangdong (0.68), Hainan (0.59), Fujian (0.56), and Guangxi (0.49). Zoogeographically, Hong Kong belongs to Southeastern Coast Subregion (= Fujian Guangdong Coast Subregion in Zhao and Adler, 1993) of South China Region. Hong Kong specimens of four amphibians (Paramesotriton hongkongensis, Megophrys brachykolos, Amolops hongkongensis, and Philautus romeri) and four snakes (Cylindrophis ruffus ruffus, Enhydris bennetti, Opisthotropis andersonii, and Opisthotropis lateralis) were examined by the author. Brief morphological features of those species are provided. Two lizards, validity of Dibamus bogadeki and status or Riopa bowringii, are discussed in the Chinese text.
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