Diversity patterns of amphibians in lowland Amazonian forests, Southeastern Peru

Rudolf von May

Biological diversity is threatened worldwide and it is a priority to develop regional and local strategies to conserve and manage wildlife habitats. In order to develop these strategies there is a need to generate detailed information on species richness and species‘ habitat requirements over extensive areas. This is especially important in lowland rainforests in western Amazonia, where the high environmental heterogeneity is associated with a mosaic of forest types but our knowledge on animal diversity patterns is scarce. The main purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that amphibian species richness, composition, and abundance differ across forest types in the lowlands of south-eastern Peru.