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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.

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