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Systematics and evolution of the herpetological fauna from Neotropical areas

Grant number: 03/10335-8
Support type:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: August 01, 2004 - December 31, 2011
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology
Principal Investigator:Miguel Trefaut Urbano Rodrigues
Grantee:Miguel Trefaut Urbano Rodrigues
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

The present proposal aims to continue and expand the ongoing multidisciplinary research on the systematic and evolution of the herpetological fauna from Neotropical areas, as well as on the aspects of historical biogeography of neotropical reptile, amphibian and small mammal faunas. We intend to: 1) expand the karyological data so far gathered to include new species and localities for Brazilian lizards, amphibians and rodents, in order to better understand their chromosomal evolution with a great effort to use methodologies that allow the identification of useful characters for phylogenetic analyses; 2) complete the ongoing studies on taxonomy, karyotypes and DNA sequencing (molecular) about the herpetological fauna of the São Francisco river, with special attention to gather intra and interspecific rates of divergences for endemic taxes; 3) study the heterocrony of the genus Calyptommatus and aspects of ontogeny of the Gymnophthalmini, collecting data that should guide a broad future study on the developmental biology of the group. The inclusion of this new approach may provide useful information to the understanding of the genetic mechanisms that controls the limb reduction present in several lineages of Gymnophthalmidae; 4) proceed with the collection of karyotypes and DNA sequences data on lizards of genus Leposoma to better understand the phylogeny of its species and the high level of genetic diversity within the genus; investigate the origin of parthenogenesis of clones in L.percarinatum and compare with that of clones of Gymnophthalmus underwoodii; 5) add more data (morphological, karyological and molecular) to the study of the phylogenetic relationships within the family Gymnophthalmidae, to obtain a robust hypothesis based on multiple data sets for a more complete sample of genera; 6) increase the sampling for lizards of genera Gymnodactylys, Coleodactylus and Mabuya to allow phylogenetic and historical biogeography studies using morphological, karyological and molecular data; 7) conduct preliminary comparative studies on selected taxes of herps and small rodents with discontinuous distribution on Amazon and Atlantic forests and on rainforest remnants in the northeastern Caatingas, in order to obtain approximate times of divergence for different groups in these forested areas. These estimations will be compared to those gathered for populations of lizard's genus Gymnodactylus from island and mainland areas, and to those of disjunctive populations in the dunes of São Francisco river. (AU)

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Scientific publications (40)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
BRUNES, TULIANA O.; DA SILVA, ANDRE JUSTINO; MARQUES-SOUZA, SERGIO; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL T.; PELLEGRINO, KATIA C. M. Not always young: The first vertebrate ancient origin of true parthenogenesis found in an Amazon leaf litter lizard with evidence of mitochondrial haplotypes surfing on the wave of a range expansion. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 135, p. 105-122, JUN 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
PAZ, A.; SPANOS, Z.; BROWN, J. L.; LYRA, M.; HADDAD, C.; RODRIGUES, M.; CARNAVAL, A. Phylogeography of Atlantic Forest glassfrogs (Vitreorana): when geography, climate dynamics and rivers matter. HEREDITY, v. 122, n. 5, p. 545-557, MAY 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
GRABOSKI, ROBERTA; ARREDONDO, JUAN C.; GRAZZIOTIN, FELIPE G.; DA SILVA, ARIANE A. A.; PRUDENTE, ANA L. C.; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL T.; BONATTO, SANDRO L.; ZAHER, HUSSAM. Molecular phylogeny and hemipenial diversity of South American species of Amerotyphlops (Typhlopidae, Scolecophidia). ZOOLOGICA SCRIPTA, v. 48, n. 2, p. 139-156, MAR 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
STRANGAS, MARIA L.; NAVAS, CARLOS A.; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL T.; CARNAVAL, ANA C. Thermophysiology, microclimates, and species distributions of lizards in the mountains of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. ECOGRAPHY, v. 42, n. 2, SI, p. 354-364, FEB 2019. Web of Science Citations: 1.
PRATES, IVAN; PENNA, ANNA; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL TREFAUT; CARNAVAL, ANA CAROLINA. Local adaptation in mainland anole lizards: Integrating population history and genome-environment associations. ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, v. 8, n. 23, p. 11932-11944, DEC 2018. Web of Science Citations: 1.
RECODER, RENATO SOUSA; DAL VECHIO, FRANCISCO; MARQUES-SOUZA, SERGIO; TEIXEIRA, JR., MAURO; SILVA-DA-SILVA, MAIUME; SANTOS, JR., ALFREDO P.; RIBEIRO, SIRIA; BARRIO-AMOROS, CESAR; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL TREFAUT. Geographic variation and taxonomy of red-tailed Gymnophthalmus (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae) from Amazonian Savannas. Zootaxa, v. 4497, n. 1, p. 61-81, OCT 8 2018. Web of Science Citations: 1.
DAL VECHIO, FRANCISCO; PRATES, IVAN; GRAZZIOTIN, FELIPE G.; ZAHER, HUSSAM; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL TREFAUT. Phylogeography and historical demography of the arboreal pit viper Bothrops bilineatus (Serpentes, Crotalinae) reveal multiple connections between Amazonian and Atlantic rain forests. Journal of Biogeography, v. 45, n. 10, p. 2415-2426, OCT 2018. Web of Science Citations: 1.
LANNA, FLAVIA; WERNECK, FERNANDA; GEHARA, MARCELO; FONSECA, EMANUEL; COLLI, GUARINO; SITES, JR., JACK; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL; GARDA, ADRIAN. The evolutionary history of Lygodactylus lizards in the South American open diagonal. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 127, p. 638-645, OCT 2018. Web of Science Citations: 2.
PELOSO, PEDRO L. V.; DE OLIVEIRA, RENAN M.; STURARO, MARCELO J.; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL T.; LIMA-FILHO, GERALDO R.; BITAR, YOUSZEF O. C.; WHEELER, WARD C.; ALEIXO, ALEXANDRE. Phylogeny of Map Tree Frogs, Boana semilineata Species Group, with a New Amazonian Species (Anura: Hylidae). South American Journal of Herpetology, v. 13, n. 2, p. 150-169, AUG 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
FONSECA, EMANUEL M.; GEHARA, MARCELO; WERNECK, FERNANDA P.; LANNA, FLAVIA M.; COLLI, GUARINO R.; SITES, JR., JACK W.; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL T.; GARDA, ADRIAN A. Diversification with gene flow and niche divergence in a lizard species along the South American ``diagonal of open formations{''}. Journal of Biogeography, v. 45, n. 7, p. 1688-1700, JUL 2018. Web of Science Citations: 2.
STURARO, MARCELO JOSE; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL T.; COLLI, GUARINO R.; KNOWLES, L. LACEY; AVILA-PIRES, TERESA C. S. Integrative taxonomy of the lizards Cercosaura ocellata species complex (Reptilia: Gymnophthalmidae). ZOOLOGISCHER ANZEIGER, v. 275, p. 37-65, JUL 2018. Web of Science Citations: 1.
MACHADO PELLEGRINO, KATIA CRISTINA; BRUNES, TULIANA OLIVEIRA; SOUZA, SERGIO MARQUES; LAGUNA, MARCIA MARIA; SAUER AVILA-PIRES, TERESA CRISTINA; HOOGMOED, MARINUS STEVEN; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL TREFAUT. On the distinctiveness of Amapasaurus, its relationship with Loxopholis Cope 1869, and description of a new genus for L. guianensis and L. hoogmoedi (Gymnophthalmoidea/Ecpleopodini: Squamata). Zootaxa, v. 4441, n. 2, p. 332-346, JUN 27 2018. Web of Science Citations: 1.
SANCHEZ-PACHECO, SANTIAGO J.; TORRES-CARVAJAL, OMAR; AGUIRRE-PENAFIEL, VANESSA; SALES NUNES, PEDRO M.; VERRASTRO, LAURA; RIVAS, GILSON A.; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL T.; GRANT, TARAN; MURPHY, ROBERT W. Phylogeny of Riama (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae), impact of phenotypic evidence on molecular datasets, and the origin of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta endemic fauna. CLADISTICS, v. 34, n. 3, p. 260-291, JUN 2018. Web of Science Citations: 3.
ARIAS, FEDERICO JOSE; RECODER, RENATO; BEATRIZ ALVAREZ, BLANCA; ETHCEPARE, EDUARDO; QUIPILDOR, MATIAS; LOBO, FERNANDO; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL TREFAUT. Diversity of teiid lizards from Gran Chaco and Western Cerrado (Squamata: Teiidae). ZOOLOGICA SCRIPTA, v. 47, n. 2, p. 144-158, MAR 2018. Web of Science Citations: 3.
PRATES, IVAN; MELO-SAMPAIO, PAULO ROBERTO; DRUMMOND, LEANDRO DE OLIVEIRA; TEIXEIRA, JR., MAURO; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL TREFAUT; CARNAVAL, ANA CAROLINA. Biogeographic links between southern Atlantic Forest and western South America: Rediscovery, re-description, and phylogenetic relationships of two rare montane anole lizards from Brazil. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 113, p. 49-58, AUG 2017. Web of Science Citations: 7.
CAMACHO, AGUSTIN; RECODER, RENATO; TEIXEIRA, JR., MAURO; KOHLSDORF, TIANA; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL TREFAUT; LEE, MICHAEL S. Y. Overcoming phylogenetic and geographic uncertainties to test for correlates of range size evolution in gymnophthalmid lizards. ECOGRAPHY, v. 40, n. 6, p. 764-773, JUN 2017. Web of Science Citations: 1.
DAL VECHIO, FRANCISCO; TEIXEIRA, JR., MAURO; SENA, MARCELO; ARGOLO, ANTONIO; GARCIA, CAROLINE; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL TREFAUT. Taxonomic Status and the Phylogenetic Placement of Amphisbaena leucocephala Peters, 1878 (Squamata, Amphisbaenidae). South American Journal of Herpetology, v. 11, n. 3, p. 157-175, DEC 2016. Web of Science Citations: 5.
GOICOECHEA, NOEMI; FROST, DARREL R.; DE LA RIVA, IGNACIO; PELLEGRINO, KATIA C. M.; SITES, JR., JACK; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL T.; PADIAL, JOSE M. Molecular systematics of teioid lizards (Teioidea/Gymnophthalmoidea: Squamata) based on the analysis of 48 loci under tree-alignment and similarity-alignment. CLADISTICS, v. 32, n. 6, p. 624-671, DEC 2016. Web of Science Citations: 35.
NETO, ANTONIO MOLLO; VERDADE, VANESSA KRUTH; SANTANA, DIEGO JOSE; VARELA RIOS, CELSO HENRIQUE; HOFFMANN DE CARVALHO, ROSE MARIE; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL TREFAUT. Reproductive biology and geographic variation of Zachaenus carvalhoi (Anura: Cycloramphidae), a Brazilian Atlantic Forest frog. Phyllomedusa, v. 15, n. 2, p. 127-135, DEC 2016. Web of Science Citations: 1.
PRATES, IVAN; RIVERA, DANIELLE; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL T.; CARNAVAL, ANA C. A mid-Pleistocene rainforest corridor enabled synchronous invasions of the Atlantic Forest by Amazonian anole lizards. Molecular Ecology, v. 25, n. 20, p. 5174-5186, OCT 2016. Web of Science Citations: 25.
PRATES, IVAN; XUE, ALEXANDER T.; BROWN, JASON L.; ALVARADO-SERRANO, DIEGO F.; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL T.; HICKERSON, MICHAEL J.; CARNAVAL, ANA C. Inferring responses to climate dynamics from historical demography in neotropical forest lizards. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, v. 113, n. 29, p. 7978-7985, JUL 19 2016. Web of Science Citations: 33.
THOME, MARIA TEREZA C.; SEQUEIRA, FERNANDO; BRUSQUETTI, FRANCISCO; CARSTENS, BRYAN; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL TREFAUT; ALEXANDRINO, JOAO. Recurrent connections between Amazon and Atlantic forests shaped diversity in Caatinga four-eyed frogs. Journal of Biogeography, v. 43, n. 5, p. 1045-1056, MAY 2016. Web of Science Citations: 17.
PELOSO, PEDRO L. V.; FROST, DARREL R.; RICHARDS, STEPHEN J.; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL T.; DONNELLAN, STEPHEN; MATSUI, MASAFUMI; RAXWORTHY, CRISTOPHER J.; BIJU, S. D.; LEMMON, EMILY MORIARTY; LEMMON, ALAN R.; WHEELER, WARD C. The impact of anchored phylogenomics and taxon sampling on phylogenetic inference in narrow-mouthed frogs (Anura, Microhylidae). CLADISTICS, v. 32, n. 2, p. 113-140, APR 2016. Web of Science Citations: 58.
TEIXEIRA, JR., MAURO; PRATES, IVAN; NISA, CAROLINA; CAMARAO SILVA-MARTINS, NATHALIA SUZAN; STRUESSMANN, CHRISTINE; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL TREFAUT. Molecular data reveal spatial and temporal patterns of diversification and a cryptic new species of lowland Stenocercus Dumeril & Bibron, 1837 (Squamata: Tropiduridae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 94, n. A, p. 410-423, JAN 2016. Web of Science Citations: 7.
WERNECK, FERNANDA P.; LEITE, RAFAEL N.; GEURGAS, SILVIA R.; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL T. Biogeographic history and cryptic diversity of saxicolous Tropiduridae lizards endemic to the semiarid Caatinga. BMC Evolutionary Biology, v. 15, MAY 23 2015. Web of Science Citations: 36.
PRATES, IVAN; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL TREFAUT; MELO-SAMPAIO, PAULO ROBERTO; CARNAVAL, ANA CAROLINA. Phylogenetic relationships of Amazonian anole lizards (Dactyloa): Taxonomic implications, new insights about phenotypic evolution and the timing of diversification. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 82, n. A, p. 258-268, JAN 2015. Web of Science Citations: 22.
RODRIGUES, MIGUEL TREFAUT; VINA BERTOLOTTO, CAROLINA ELENA; AMARO, RENATA CECILIA; YONENAGA-YASSUDA, YATIYO; XAVIER FREIRE, ELIZA MARIA; MACHADO PELLEGRINO, KATIA CRISTINA. Molecular phylogeny, species limits, and biogeography of the Brazilian endemic lizard genus Enyalius (Squamata: Leiosauridae): An example of the historical relationship between Atlantic Forests and Amazonia. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 81, p. 137-146, DEC 2014. Web of Science Citations: 16.
CARNAVAL, ANA CAROLINA; WALTARI, ERIC; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL T.; ROSAUER, DAN; VANDERWAL, JEREMY; DAMASCENO, ROBERTA; PRATES, IVAN; STRANGAS, MARIA; SPANOS, ZOE; RIVERA, DANIELLE; PIE, MARCIO R.; FIRKOWSKI, CARINA R.; BORNSCHEIN, MARCOS R.; RIBEIRO, LUIZ F.; MORITZ, CRAIG. Prediction of phylogeographic endemism in an environmentally complex biome. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, v. 281, n. 1792 OCT 7 2014. Web of Science Citations: 105.
GEHARA, MARCELO; CRAWFORD, ANDREW J.; ORRICO, VICTOR G. D.; RODRIGUEZ, ARIEL; LOETTERS, STEFAN; FOUQUET, ANTOINE; BARRIENTOS, LUCAS S.; BRUSQUETTI, FRANCISCO; DE LA RIVA, IGNACIO; ERNST, RAFFAEL; GAGLIARDI URRUTIA, GIUSEPPE; GLAW, FRANK; GUAYASAMIN, JUAN M.; HOELTING, MONIQUE; JANSEN, MARTIN; KOK, PHILIPPE J. R.; KWET, AXEL; LINGNAU, RODRIGO; LYRA, MARIANA; MORAVEC, JIRI; POMBAL, JR., JOSE P.; ROJAS-RUNJAIC, FERNANDO J. M.; SCHULZE, ARNE; SENARIS, J. CELSA; SOLE, MIRCO; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL TREFAUT; TWOMEY, EVAN; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; VENCES, MIGUEL; KOEHLER, JOERN. High Levels of Diversity Uncovered in a Widespread Nominal Taxon: Continental Phylogeography of the Neotropical Tree Frog Dendropsophus minutus. PLoS One, v. 9, n. 9 SEP 10 2014. Web of Science Citations: 59.
LEE, MICHAEL S. Y.; SKINNER, ADAM; CAMACHO, AGUSTIN. The relationship between limb reduction, body elongation and geographical range in lizards (Lerista, Scincidae). Journal of Biogeography, v. 40, n. 7, p. 1290-1297, JUL 2013. Web of Science Citations: 15.
FOUQUET, ANTOINE; LEONARDO BLOTTO, BORIS; MARONNA, MAXIMILIANO MANUEL; VERDADE, VANESSA KRUTH; JUNCA, FLORA ACUNA; DE SA, RAFAEL; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL TREFAUT. Unexpected phylogenetic positions of the genera Rupirana and Crossodactylodes reveal insights into the biogeography and reproductive evolution of leptodactylid frogs. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 67, n. 2, p. 445-457, MAY 2013. Web of Science Citations: 48.
FOUQUET, ANTOINE; LOEBMANN, DANIEL; CASTROVIEJO-FISHER, SANTIAGO; PADIAL, JOSE M.; ORRICO, VICTOR G. D.; LYRA, MARIANA L.; ROBERTO, IGOR JOVENTINO; KOK, PHILIPPE J. R.; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL T. From Amazonia to the Atlantic forest: Molecular phylogeny of Phyzelaphryninae frogs reveals unexpected diversity and a striking biogeographic pattern emphasizing conservation challenges. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 65, n. 2, p. 547-561, NOV 2012. Web of Science Citations: 65.
FAIVOVICH, JULIAN; FERRARO, DAIANA P.; BASSO, NESTOR G.; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL T.; WHEELER, WARD C.; LAVILLA, ESTEBAN O. A phylogenetic analysis of Pleurodema (Anura: Leptodactylidae: Leiuperinae) based on mitochondrial and nuclear gene sequences, with comments on the evolution of anuran foam nests. CLADISTICS, v. 28, n. 5, p. 460-482, OCT 2012. Web of Science Citations: 46.
SALES NUNES, PEDRO M.; FOUQUET, ANTOINE; CURCIO, FELIPE F.; KOK, PHILIPPE J. R.; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL TREFAUT. Cryptic species in Iphisa elegans Gray, 1851 (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae) revealed by hemipenial morphology and molecular data. ZOOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY, v. 166, n. 2, p. 361-376, OCT 2012. Web of Science Citations: 50.
FOUQUET, ANTOINE; RECODER, RENATO; TEIXEIRA, JR., MAURO; CASSIMIRO, JOSE; AMARO, RENATA CECILIA; CAMACHO, AGUSTIN; DAMASCENO, ROBERTA; CARNAVAL, ANA CAROLINA; MORITZ, CRAIG; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL TREFAUT. Molecular phylogeny and morphometric analyses reveal deep divergence between Amazonia and Atlantic Forest species of Dendrophryniscus. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 62, n. 3, p. 826-838, MAR 2012. Web of Science Citations: 51.
PELLEGRINO, KATIA C. M.; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL T.; JAMES HARRIS, D.; YONENAGA-YASSUDA, YATIYO; SITES, JR., JACK W. Molecular phylogeny, biogeography and insights into the origin of parthenogenesis in the Neotropical genus Leposoma (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae): Ancient links between the Atlantic Forest and Amazonia. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 61, n. 2, p. 446-459, NOV 2011. Web of Science Citations: 37.
PELOSO, PEDRO L. V.; PELLEGRINO, KATIA C. M.; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL T.; AVILA-PIRES, TERESA C. S. Description and Phylogenetic Relationships of a New Genus and Species of Lizard (Squamata, Gymnophthalmidae) from the Amazonian Rainforest of Northern Brazil. American Museum Novitates, n. 3713, p. 1-24, MAY 9 2011. Web of Science Citations: 13.
PEPATO, ALMIR R.; DA ROCHA, CARLOS E. F.; DUNLOP, JASON A. Phylogenetic position of the acariform mites: sensitivity to homology assessment under total evidence. BMC Evolutionary Biology, v. 10, AUG 2 2010. Web of Science Citations: 77.
LOVEJOY, NATHAN R.; LESTER, KRISTIE; CRAMPTON, WILLIAM G. R.; MARQUES, FERNANDO P. L.; ALBERT, JAMES S. Phylogeny, biogeography, and electric signal evolution of Neotropical knifefishes of the genus Gymnotus (Osteichthyes: Gymnotidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 54, n. 1, p. 278-290, JAN 2010. Web of Science Citations: 55.
VERDADE, VANESSA K.; RODRIGUES, MIGUEI T. ON THE IDENTITY OF CYCLORAMPHUS JORDANENSIS HEYER, 1983 (ANURA: CYCLORAMPHIDAE). Herpetologica, v. 64, n. 4, p. 452-457, DEC 2008. Web of Science Citations: 9.

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