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19 December 2012 Urban Ponds, Neglected Noah's Ark for Amphibians
Claudia Garcia-Gonzalez, Eva Garcia-Vazquez
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Urban areas can contain habitat that supports amphibian populations, such as artificial ponds. We sampled a less than 3-m2 pond in the city of Oviedo (North Iberia) and found abundant populations of two anurans (Alytes obstetricans, Discoglossus galganoi) and one urodele (Lissotriton helveticus). The three species present at the urban site exhibited high diversity in their mitochondrial DNA, comparable to levels found for populations in nearby rural areas that contained more and larger water bodies. Our results suggest that urban ponds should be incorporated into amphibian conservation plans.

Claudia Garcia-Gonzalez and Eva Garcia-Vazquez "Urban Ponds, Neglected Noah's Ark for Amphibians," Journal of Herpetology 46(4), 507-514, (19 December 2012).
Accepted: 1 September 2011; Published: 19 December 2012
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