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Marcel Talla Kouete MSc
Locations:
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Roles:
  • EDGE Fellow
[General description section]

Marcel works on the conservation and biology of caecilian amphibians in Cameroon (Central Africa). Caecilians are tropical, mostly burrowing, wormlike amphibians. The majority of the extant taxa, including the five species endemic to Cameroon, are currently listed as data deficient by the IUCN.

 

Marcel’s active involvement in conservation started in 2001 when he joined the Cameroon Herpetology team (CamHerp), and was assigned to a reptile survey of the Cameroon ridge in the west and northwest of the country. In 2006, the project activities were expanded to amphibians throughout the country. In 2010, Marcel obtained an MSc in aquaculture at the Liege University in Belgium.

 

In 2008 and 2009, Marcel participated in three expeditions led by the Natural History Museum, London. They intended to rediscover species such as the Victoria caecilian (Herpele multiplicata), not seen since 1912, and Crotaphatrema bornmuelleri, described in 1899 and not been seen since. These surveys were restricted in sites and time. The EDGE Fellowship will permit Marcel to spend more time and resources sampling further localities throughout Cameroon to adequately assess the conservation status of these species.    

Organisation
Cameroon Herpetology Conservation Biology Foundation (CamHerp-CBF)
Projects

This project supports in-country EDGE Fellows to help conserve relevant EDGE species

The project aims to assess and address the status of, and threats to, Cameroon’s caecilians, and to substantially develop in-country capacity for caecilian research and conservation. Specific activities include:

1. Survey 14 locations across Cameroon for the presence of DD caecilians; assessing their ecology, natural history and threats

2. Review the taxonomic and conservation status of Cameroon’s caecilians

3. Develop Conservation Action Plans for those caecilians identified as being under threat

4. Increase in-country capacity and public awareness of caecilians across Cameroon

Relevant species

This species is known from just one individual, which is lost, or possibly destroyed.

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Relevant publications
Bauer, A. M., LeBreton, M., Chirio, L., Ineich, I. & Kouete, M. T. (2006). New species of Hemidactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Cameroon. African Journal of Herpetology, 55: 83-93.
Associated Blog Posts
7th Jun 13
As explained in this blog post from 2011 chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) is one of the primary reasons that amphibians face the greatest risk...  Read

10th Feb 12
I’m Marcel and I live in Yaoundé, Cameroon (Central Africa). I have just become an EDGE Fellow and I will be working on a project called ‘Conservation o...  Read