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Countries with the Most Reptile Species

Can you name the 20 countries with the most species of reptiles?
Source. (Data from the Reptile Database, updated in 2019)
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Last updated: September 5, 2022
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No. species
Country
1,078
Australia
957
Mexico
814
Brazil
755
Indonesia
689
India
612
Guinea
601
Colombia
530
United States
495
Peru
490
China
No. species
Country
486
Malaysia
479
Vietnam
478
Ecuador
447
South Africa
447
Argentina
437
Thailand
434
Madagascar
409
Venezuela
359
Tanzania
356
Mali
6 Comments
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Level 67
Sep 5, 2022
Nearest misses:

- Republic of the Congo (352)

- Philippines (350)

- Myanmar (337)

- Iran (332)

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Level 60
Sep 12, 2022
I'm finding it hard to believe that Guinea has over 600 species, when none of its neighbours has more than 100. Maybe it was supposed to be Papua New Guinea.
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Level 67
Sep 12, 2022
Nope. The source definately says Guinea. It is I interesting that its neighbours are absent though...
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Level 60
Sep 13, 2022
I don't doubt your good faith, but I'm pretty sure your source is wrong. You can see the species richness dot plot chart in this pdf: https://www.sanbi.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/tolley-et-al-2016-african-reptile-conservation.pdf

Guinea seems to have about the same number of reptile species as Ivory Coast, i.e. well under 100. I can't find anything else on the Internet to back up your source.

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Level 60
Sep 13, 2022
(my best guess is that they've scanned another database for the word "Guinea", and added together all the species that appear for Papua New Guinea, Guinea, and Equatorial Guinea)
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Level 67
Sep 13, 2022
Hmm... interesting theory. You might be on to something