by Prof. Dr. Mehmet K. ATATÜR ( Ege University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, Hydrobiology Section, 35100 Bornova-Izmir, Turkey.

& Prof. Dr. Bayram GÖÇMEN ( Ege University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, Zoology Section, 35100 Bornova-Izmir, Turkey.

63 pp., 42 colour photographs plus 7 drawings. Published by Ege University Press in Izmir, 2001. ISBN 975-483-486-5; In English & Turkish. Obtainable directly from the authors or by contact with Ege University Library Service ( Also a web site is available under the domain:



“Environment”, which is one of the major issues on the top of the agenda of today’s world, is an integrated concept that should be protected along with the other existing values of our world. Protecting an important part of the environment, our fauna and flora, and providing the means for the natural propagation of these species are some of our most important missions. In this respect, we congratulate everyone who have contributed to the conservation of the environment and we extend our regards with the hope to live in a healthy and clean world together with its entire living organisms.

The aim of this booklet is to introduce the amphibian and reptilian fauna of a nature heaven, Cyprus Island (a transition zone amongst three continents: Asia, Europe and Africa), to the native and foreign nature lovers, and also to help scientists studying on this field.

3 frog and toad species (Anura), 11 lizards (Lacertilia), 3 turtles (Testudinata) and 10 snakes (Ophidia) inhabit the island. All of the 27 reptile and amphibian species are represented with colour photos and short descriptions. The information within this site is mainly based on the work of Göçmen et al. (1996), conducted in the years 1989-95, Böhme & Wiedl (1994), Baran & Atatür (1998) and also other recent studies on the herpetofauna of Cyprus. The scientific names are given in bold italic, followed by the name of the author of the species together with the date of naming (the last two are given in parentheses if the original genus name is changed); the next line gives the name in English, with the local name in parentheses (if any), followed in the next lines with identification, habitat and other biological features, and its distribution.