Amphibian Conservation in West Africa Research Paper by Nicky

An in-depth examination of amphibian conservation in West Africa.
# 150720 | 5,304 words | 13 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Mar 31, 2012 in Environmental Studies (Wildlife Protection) , Biology (General)

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The paper explores the literature relating to amphibian conservation in West Africa and finds that amphibians in West Africa are not under as large a threat as many amphibian populations and habitats. The paper does discuss, however, how the biodiversity in Western Africa's Guinean forest faces numerous threats including logging and land conversion for agriculture and the bushmeat trade. The paper includes diagrams and tables.

Rapid Survey of Amphibians
Highlands of Cameroon
New Species
Amphibians in the Forests of South-Western Ghana
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"The work of Adam D. Leache and Ofori Caleb Boateng (nd) entitled: "A Rapid Survey of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Ajenjua Bepo and Mamang River Forest Reserves, Eastern Region of Ghana" reports having conducted a rapid assessment of amphibians during the end of the rainy season and specifically from August 24 through September 4, 2006 at Ajenjua Bepo and Mamang River. Leach and Boateng state that Western Africa's Guinean forest is "a center of biological diversity with considerable endemis. Unfortunately the incredible biodiversity in this region faces numerous threats including logging and land conversion for agriculture and the bushmeat trade."
"There is less that fifteen percent of the original forest cover remaining in Ghana due to logging operations and this makes a requirement of placing a higher value "on the remaining forest fragments to ensure biodiversity preservation." (Leach and Boateng, nd)
"Leach and Boateng state that two isolated forest fragments, or that of the Ajenjua Bepo and Mamang in River Forest Preserves, locate din the Eastern Region of Ghana both still contain "suitable habitat for forest-dwelling species. The topographical complexity of Ajenjua Bepo (peaks exceeding 450 m) and larger relative size of Mamang River (53 km2, almost ten times larger than Ajenjua Bepo) make them interesting sites for a comparison of biological species richness." (Leach and Boateng, nd)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Andreone F, Carpenter AI, Cox N, du Preez L, Freeman K, et al. (2008) The Challenge of Conserving Amphibian Megadiversity in Madagascar. PLoS Biol 6(5): e118. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060118
  • Andreone, Franco, et al (2008) The Challenge of Conserving Amphibian Megadiversity in Madagascar. PLos Biology, May 2008. Online available at:
  • Cascon, Claude, Collins, James P., Moore, Robin D., Church, Don R., McKay, Jeanne E. and Mendelson, Joseph R. III (2005) Amphibian Conservation Action Plan Proceedings: IUCN/SSC Amphibian Conservation Summit 2005. Online available at:
  • Doherty-Bone, T.M. (2008) In a Vulnerable Position? Preliminary Survey Work Fails to Detect the Amphibian Chytrid Pathogen in the Highlands of Cameroon, an Amphibian Hotspot. Herpetological Journal 18: 115-118, 2008. Online available at:
  • Geographic Patterns (2009) The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Amphibians. Online available at:

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