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Status of West Indian racers in the Lesser Antilles

  • Richard A. Sajdak (a1) and Robert W. Henderson (a2)
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The Lesser Antilles are home to four species of snakes of the genus Alsophis, otherwise known as racers. All four have undergone severe range reductions; at least two subspecies are extinct and another, A. antiguae, now occupies only 0.1 per cent of its historical range. The authors investigated the current distribution of the snakes by field surveys and interviews with the people of the islands.

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Oryx
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