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pdf 06. Effectiveness of protected areas in herpetofaunal conservation in Hidalgo, Mexico


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pp. 41-48
Authors: Cruz-Elizalde, Raciel; Ramírez-Bautista, Aurelio; Wilson, Larry David & Hernández-Salinas, Uriel

Abstract: This study assesses the effectiveness of three Protected Natural Areas (PAs) in central Mexico (Parque Nacional El Chico, PNCH, Parque Nacional Los Mármoles, PNLM, and Reserva de La Biosfera Barranca de Metztitlán, RBBM), for the conservation of amphibians and reptiles. We also evaluate the conservation status of the concerned species assigned by the Mexican list for plants and animals, IUCN, as well as the species' Environmental Vulnerability Score. PNLM shows the highest richness and taxonomic diversity of both groups compared to those of PNCH and RBBM. We recorded a high number of endemic species, a high percentage of species (up to 88%) under risk categories, and a threat by environmental vulnerability for all species. We suggest that such analyses need to be expanded across a higher number of PAs in Mexico to determine their effectiveness in the protecting species of amphibians and reptiles and other biological groups.


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