Zoogeographic Analysis of the Herpetofauna of South-Western Turkmenistan

Boris S. Tuniyev, Goran Dusej, Börje Flärdh

Abstract


This article gives a complete overview about the reptiles of western Turkmenistan and their zoogeographical relation. The data were obtained by several expeditions during the last years and completed by compilation of the specific herpetological literature about this area. Ten general landscape units are described along a profile from the Central Karakum desert throughout the Malyi Balkhan chains, the Kyurendag Corridor, the Western Kopetdagh to the state border of Iran. The mountain and plain reptile fauna is analyzed. After discussing the faunal element composition of various landscapes, the Western Kopetdagh was included into the South-West Asian province while the Turanian plain and the Malyi Balkhan were included into the Turanian province of the Palearctic.


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herpetofauna; South-Western Turkmenistan; biogeography

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.30906/1026-2296-2019-6-%25s-125-142

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