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Diversity and Habitat Preferences of Amphibians in Abbottabad, Pakistan

Diversity and Habitat Preferences of Amphibians in Abbottabad, Pakistan

Arshama Sheraz1, Shabir Ahmed1*, Sardar Azhar Mehmood1, Wali Khan2, Waheed Ali Panhwar3, Fiza Sadiq Awan1

1Department of Zoology, Hazara University, Mansehra, Pakistan
2Department of Zoology, University of Malakand, Malakand, Pakistan
3Department of Zoology, University of Sindh, Jamshoro Sindh Pakistan
*Correspondence Author: Shabir Ahmed


Pakistan has reported twenty-four amphibian species, nine of which are endemic to the country. Amphibians in Pakistan are diverse, falling into four families: Dicroglossidae, Microhylidae, Bufonidae, and Megophryidae. The current study was carried out to investigate the amphibian fauna of several localities in District Abbottabad. From June 2019 to August 2020, a field survey was undertaken in District Abbottabad. Total dissolve solvent (TDS), Dissolve solvent (DO), Electrical Conductivity (EC), PH, Humidity, and Temperature (C) of several water bodies were also measured. A total of 100 specimens from the District were collected and stored in a 10% formalin solution. This study discovered that five species of anurans, i.e. Duttaphrynus stomaticus, Duttaphrynus melanostictus, Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis, Hoplobatrachus tigerinus, and Nanorana liebigii are members of the Bufonidae and Dicroglossidae families, respectively. Morphometric measurements were made using a non-digital vernier caliper with a resolution of 0.05 mm. HW, HL, SVL, TFL, THL, TBL, HnL, TD, END, IND, IOD, ED, LF, LH, FAL, LHU, UEW, PL, and PW were all measured. This research discovered that D. melanostictus and E. cyanophlyctis were also found but in lower numbers than D. stomaticus. The District had the lowest amount of H tigerinus as well as N. liebigii records. There is need to discovered more amphibians fauna in the District Abbottabad and all over Pakistan to update the identification keys of Amphibians.  
Novelty Statement | The study will assist to know the distributional pattern of the amphibians fauna and hence its conservation in various terrestrial environments and water bodies of the Abbottabad district.

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology


Pakistan J. Zool., Vol. 56, Iss. 4, pp. 1501-2000


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