Abstracts
Krupp, F., Abuzinada, A.H. & Nader, I.A. (eds.), A Marine Wildlife Sanctuary for the Arabian Gulf. Environmental research and conservation following the 1991 Gulf War Oil Spill. NCWCD, Riyadh and Senckenberg Research Institute, Frankfurt a.M.
 

A preliminary survey of the terrestrial reptiles and sea snakes in the Jubail Marine Wildlife Sanctuary

A b s t r a c t: In January and May 1992 a survey of the terrestrial reptiles and sea snakes of the Jubail Marine Wildlife Sanctuary was carried out. Within the area, 14 lizard, one amphisbaenian, four terrestrial snake and three sea snake, species were recorded, comprising about 50 % of the herpetofauna known thus far from eastern Saudi Arabia. Abundances of species and individuals observed were generally low. Three terrestrial herpetofaunal assemblages associated with specific substrate conditions and plant formations were identified. In sea snakes, distributional and ecological patterns reported earlier were confirmed. Winter mortality of Hydrophiidae in the northern Arabian Gulf, due to low water temperatures, appears to be a common but still insufficiently understood phenomenon.

 
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