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Challenges to the conservation of amphibians and squamate reptiles, with emphasis on the Brazilian fauna: from basic information to conservation actions

Grant number: 20/12658-4
Support type:BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Thematic Grants
Duration: May 01, 2021 - April 30, 2026
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Applied Ecology
Principal researcher:Marcio Roberto Costa Martins
Grantee:Marcio Roberto Costa Martins
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Pesquisadores principais:
Otavio Augusto Vuolo Marques ; Ricardo Jannini Sawaya
Assoc. researchers:Alexandro Marques Tozetti ; Ana Paula Carmignotto ; Bianca von Muller Berneck ; Bruno Ferreto Fiorillo ; Carlos Eduardo Guidorizzi de Carvalho ; Carlos Roberto Abrahão ; Célio Fernando Baptista Haddad ; Cristiano de Campos Nogueira ; Harvey B Lillywhite ; Itamar Alves Martins ; Lara Gomes Côrtes ; Laura Rodrigues Vieira de Alencar ; Leandro Reverberi Tambosi ; Mariana Morais Vidal ; Monika Bohm ; Paula Hanna Valdujo ; Paulo Durães Pereira Pinheiro ; Paulo Roberto Guimarães Junior ; Paulo Sergio Bernarde ; Rogério Pereira Bastos ; Selma Maria de Almeida Santos ; Vanessa Kruth Verdade ; Xavier Andre Philippe Glaudas ; Yeda Soares de Lucena Bataus
Associated research grant:18/14091-1 - Effects of habitat disturbance on communities of amphibians and squamate reptiles: subsidies for management programs, species conservation assessments and conservation action plans, AP.R
Associated scholarship(s):21/10402-5 - Movement ecology of the Atlantic forest jararacas, BP.DR
21/13323-9 - Evolution of ploidy in amphibians, BP.IC
21/11877-7 - Filling knowledge gaps for Brazilian amphibian and reptiles: contributions to conservation, BP.TT


Brazil has about 2,000 species of amphibians and reptiles, several of which are endangered, which entails an enormous responsibility for our Country to conserve them. In this project, as a way to contribute to the conservation of amphibians and squamate reptiles, with an emphasis on Brazil, we will develop, in close collaboration with the National Center for Research and Conservation of Reptiles and Amphibians (RAN-ICMBio), research and other activities aimed at (1) obtaining basic data on populations, species and communities; (2) exploring processes potentially responsible for diversity patterns; (3) diagnosing vulnerabilities and threats, knowledge gaps and conservation gaps; and (4) detecting priority areas for conservation. In addition, we will develop actions to disseminate knowledge obtained during this project. All the results of this project will be shared with the RAN-ICMBio, so that they can be used in activities related to conservation. This project represents a broad, highly collaborative partnership between a group of academic specialists in amphibians and reptiles and/or with great experience in conservation biology, and the Brazilian public agency responsible for the production of lists of threatened species and for the elaboration and implementation of conservation action plans for amphibians and reptiles, the RAN-ICMBio. Thus, it can be predicted that this unprecedented partnership will contribute effectively to the conservation of Brazilian amphibians and squamate reptiles. Another aspect that makes this proposal unique is that it integrates several conservation approaches at the same time, including diagnoses, planning and actions, concentrated in two megadiverse taxonomic groups in the Neotropical Region. (AU)

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