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dc.contributor.advisorMeester, Jurgens Anthonie Jansen.
dc.creatorDe Waal, Schalk Willem Petrus.
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-19T08:06:54Z
dc.date.available2014-09-19T08:06:54Z
dc.date.created1977
dc.date.issued1977
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10413/11237
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.)-University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 1977.en
dc.description.abstractThis study deals with the three orders of Squamata (Sauria, Amphisbaenia, Serpentes) of the Orange Free State, South Africa. Following an intensive systematic survey 4 492 specimens have been examined comprising 77 different species and subspecies of which 25% represent new records for the study area. Variation in taxonomically important characters as well as informa- tion on colour, size, habitat, breeding, predators and diet are discussed. Certain taxonomic changes have been made. Distribution maps have been compiled on the basis of eighth-degree-units. Distributional patterns have been analyzed to establish areas of relative homogeneity separated by transitional zones. A causal analysis of the main distribution patterns of the O.F.S. Squamata indicated that rainfall is the major environmental factor influencing distribution. A comparative analysis of the squamate areas has been done with regard to various biogeographic phenomena.en
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dc.subjectSquamata--Orange Free State.en
dc.subjectSnakes--Orange Free State.en
dc.subjectLizards--Orange Free State.en
dc.subjectTheses--Zoology.en
dc.titleThe Squamata (Reptilia) of the Orange Free State, South Africa.en
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