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Effective conservation of species require up-to-date and reliable information on the species diversity, abundance and the threats they face. This knowledge is scarce for amphibians and reptiles, especially in the Asian region. We at Aaranya are continuously investing our resources in trying to fill some of these knowledge gaps related to herpetofauna in the areas we work.

Amphibians and Reptiles of Komodo National Park

An easy-to-use, complete and comprehensive pocket guide to species of herpetofauna found at Komodo National Park.

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Amphibians and Reptiles of Komodo National Park (Poster)

A complete guide to the species of herpetofauna found at Komodo National Park

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Mari Selamatkan Komodo

(Help the Dragons)

How to identify the Asian Spined Toad that can pose a threat to Komodo Dragons

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First record of a Kuhl’s Flying Gecko from Bali

Somaweera, R., Hoff, O. and Lilley, R. 2021. Gekko kuhli (Kuhl’s Flying Gecko): Indonesia. Herpetological Review 52(3): 576. 


Predation of turtles by Komodo Dragons

Muga, K., Robillard, A.J. and Somaweera, R. 2020. Eretmochelys imbricata (Hawksbill Sea Turtle): Predation. Herpetological Review 51(2):313


A Naturalist's Guide to the Reptiles & Amphibians of Bali

A comprehensive photographic guide to the 89 species of reptiles and amphibians known from Bali.

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Additions to the herpetofaunal diversity of the Island of Bali, Indonesia

Somaweera, R., Lilley, R., Putra, A., et al. 2018. Recent additions to the herpetofauna diversity of the island of Bali, Indonesia. Sauria 40(1): 75-86

Herpetofauna of Bali

First record of a Giant Javan Frog from Bali

Sramek, P. and Somaweera, R.  2020. Limnonectes macrodon from Bali, Indonesia. Taprobanica 9(2) 220-221


How did Komodo Dragons survived in a set of tiny islands?

Shine, R. and Somaweera, R.  2019. Last lizard standing: the enigmatic persistence of the Komodo dragon. Global Ecology and Conservation 18(2019):e00624 


Asian Water Monitor deep diving in the ocean

Sieniawski, K. and Somaweera, R. 2019. Varanus salvator (Asian water monitor): deep diving. Herpetological Review 50(2):382-383

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