Amphibians of the Maldives Archipelago

Das, Indraneil (2014) Amphibians of the Maldives Archipelago. In: Conservation Biology of Amphibians of Asia, Status of Conservation and Decline of Amphibians: Eastern Hemisphere. Natural History Publications (Borneo) Sdn. Bhd, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, pp. 173-176. ISBN 978-983-812-154-5

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The Maldive archipelago lies between latitudes 8°N and 1°S and longitudes 72–74°E, and extends for 756 km southwest of peninsular India (Fig. 1). The archipelago is composed of interrupted double chains of 26 coral atolls, resting on a submerged mountain range, and has a land area of 298 km2 . The human population is dense; in 2012, these islands recorded 394,451 inhabitants (Anonymous 2012). Of the 1192 islands, of which 202 are inhabited, all are small (average size 0.7 km2 , the largest 13 km2 ) and low-lying, with average elevations of not more than 1.5–2 m asl, although a few have swamps and several have small lagoons in the interior. The Maldive Archipelago lies between two other archipelagos in a north-south line; to the north linked by Minicoy (belonging to India) is the Lakshadweep (formerly La ccadive) archipelago, while to the south is the Chagos archipelago. An inventory of the islands of the Maldives, annotated with data on human population size, land use, important physical features, and former names was prepared by Maniku (1983).

Item Type: Book Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: Maldive archipelago, peninsular India, mountain range, human population, physical features, subtropical, amphibians, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2020 02:22
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2020 02:22

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