New observations on Crotaphatrema lamottei are reported based on fieldwork on Mount Oku between 2006 and 2008. This species was encountered by pitfall trapping and digging, but encounter rates were low. Six new specimens of C. lamottei add substantially to the previous hypodigm
for the species and genus, and new morphometric and meristic data are presented. Analysis of mitochondrial DNA sequence data supports strongly the monophyly of Crotaphatrema. The genetic and morphological distance between C. lamottei and Crotaphatrema tchabalmbaboensis is small, although
there is a clear difference in colour pattern. The Data Deficient IUCN conservation status of all three species of Crotaphatrema is likely to change most readily as a result of better data on distribution.
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Mount Tchabal Mbabo;
Document Type: Research Article
Department of Zoology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, UK
Oku Fon's Palace, Elak-Oku, North West Province, Cameroon
Laboratory of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Yaounde I, Yaounde, Cameroon
Publication date: 01 April 2011
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