The wildlife export trade from Solomon Islands is growing rapidly. At least 19 species of reptile and four species of frog have been exported. A total of 14 137 and 13 538 reptiles and amphibians were exported in 1989 and 1990 respectively. The most commonly and consistently exported herpetofauna are Corucia zebrata, Candoia carinata, Varanus indicus and Ceratobatrachus guentheri. Butterflies and other insects constitute another major group exported. The total number of butterflies known to have been exported from Solomon Islands was 5 669 and 5 032 during 1989 and 1990 respectively. Continued uncontrolled exploitation of Solomon Islands fauna is likely to result in local extinctions of species in heavily collected areas, and poses a threat to rare or restricted species. It is therefore urgent that the Solomon Islands Government implement wildlife management recommendations which includes legislation, regulations, and careful monitoring of trade.

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