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Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies

Discipline: Multidisciplinary Studies

The Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies (JMDS) is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal which aims to publish biannually finest research articles in social sciences, natural sciences, engineering and technology and other subject areas. Submitted papers should describe original and previously unpublished works, not currently under review by another

JMDS provides a platform for dissemination of research findings, new research areas and techniques, conceptual developments and articles with practical applications and contribution to society.


Abstract
Reptilian Diversity in Clarin River, Misamis Occidental, Philippines
Jonas T. Hingco and Mark Anthony Manapsal

Reptiles are considered one of the most ecologically important bioindicators. Reptilian diversity was examined in the riparian area around Clarin River which is one of the most important river systems in Misamis Occidental province. Three sampling sites representing the upstream, midstream, and downstream portions of the river were assessed, using visual encounter and cruising method. A total of 12 species were recorded, six of them are endemic. The results indicate a high level of endemism (50%), and conservation measures are critical to conserve the biodiversity in Clarin River, especially along the downstream, where the anthropogenic influence is the highest. Environmental strategies and plans should be implemented to ensure the conservation of the reptile species in the area.

KEYWORDS: bioindicators, conservation, endemism, sampling, species
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