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Tanzania's reptile biodiversity: Distribution, threats and climate change vulnerability

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Tanzania's reptile biodiversity : Distribution, threats and climate change vulnerability. / Meng, Han; Carr, Jamie; Beraducci, Joe; Bowles, Phil; Branch, William; Capitani, Claudia; Chenga, Jumapili; Cox, Neil; Howell, Kim; Malonza, Patrick; Marchant, Robert; Mbilinyi, Boniface; Mukama, Kusaga; Msuya, Charles; Platts, Philip John; Safari, Ignas; Spawls, Stephen; Shennan-Farpon, Yara; Wagner, Philipp; Burgess, Neil.

In: Biological Conservation, Vol. 204, No. Part A, 01.12.2016, p. 72-82.

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Meng, H, Carr, J, Beraducci, J, Bowles, P, Branch, W, Capitani, C, Chenga, J, Cox, N, Howell, K, Malonza, P, Marchant, R, Mbilinyi, B, Mukama, K, Msuya, C, Platts, PJ, Safari, I, Spawls, S, Shennan-Farpon, Y, Wagner, P & Burgess, N 2016, 'Tanzania's reptile biodiversity: Distribution, threats and climate change vulnerability', Biological Conservation, vol. 204, no. Part A, pp. 72-82. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.04.008

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Meng, H., Carr, J., Beraducci, J., Bowles, P., Branch, W., Capitani, C., Chenga, J., Cox, N., Howell, K., Malonza, P., Marchant, R., Mbilinyi, B., Mukama, K., Msuya, C., Platts, P. J., Safari, I., Spawls, S., Shennan-Farpon, Y., Wagner, P., & Burgess, N. (2016). Tanzania's reptile biodiversity: Distribution, threats and climate change vulnerability. Biological Conservation, 204(Part A), 72-82. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.04.008

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Meng H, Carr J, Beraducci J, Bowles P, Branch W, Capitani C et al. Tanzania's reptile biodiversity: Distribution, threats and climate change vulnerability. Biological Conservation. 2016 Dec 1;204(Part A):72-82. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.04.008

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Meng, Han ; Carr, Jamie ; Beraducci, Joe ; Bowles, Phil ; Branch, William ; Capitani, Claudia ; Chenga, Jumapili ; Cox, Neil ; Howell, Kim ; Malonza, Patrick ; Marchant, Robert ; Mbilinyi, Boniface ; Mukama, Kusaga ; Msuya, Charles ; Platts, Philip John ; Safari, Ignas ; Spawls, Stephen ; Shennan-Farpon, Yara ; Wagner, Philipp ; Burgess, Neil. / Tanzania's reptile biodiversity : Distribution, threats and climate change vulnerability. In: Biological Conservation. 2016 ; Vol. 204, No. Part A. pp. 72-82.

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