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Reproductive ecology of anuran amphibians: an evolutionary perspective

Abstract

Life history traits directly affect reproduction and survivorship of organisms. The complexity and interest in life history evolution are due to the fact that organisms exhibit different combinations among these trais, which in turn affect fitness. Amphibians, because the alternance, in general, between a larval aquatic phase and a terrestrial adult one, and because the strict dependence on abiotic factors, form an interesting group to study life history. This project focus on the reproductive strategies exhibited by anuran amphibians from different biomes, involving the study of reproductive behaviors, mating systems and alternative tactics, sexual size dimorphism, reproductive trade-offs (clutch and egg size), reproductive investment, and sexual selection. The strategies will be described and compared among populations, species with different ecologies, and among lineages. The reproductive strategies will be studied in an evolutionary context and to achieve the goals molecular markers and phylogenetic comparative methods will be used. An increase in our knowledge on amphibian biology may enhance our comprehension about the mechanisms of natural selection and evolution. Furthermore, new hypotheses may arise, which can be tested in comparative studies involving other taxa. (AU)

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Scientific publications (20)
(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)
SALLES, NATALIA M. E.; ZARA, FERNANDO J.; PRADO, CYNTHIA P. A.. Differences in sperm morphology in foam-nesting leptodactyline frogs (Anura, Leptodactylidae). Acta Zoologica, v. 98, n. 1, p. 1-12, . (10/50188-8, 09/12013-4)
NALI, RENATO C.; ZAMUDIO, KELLY R.; PRADO, CYNTHIA P. A.. Microsatellite markers for Bokermannohyla species (Anura, Hylidae) from the Brazilian Cerrado and Atlantic Forest domains. Amphibia-Reptilia, v. 35, n. 3, p. 355-360, . (12/06228-0, 10/03656-6, 09/12013-4, 13/04023-5)
BORGES, MARILIA M.; NALI, RENATO C.; FIORILLO, BRUNO F.; PRADO, CYNTHIA P. A.. Site fidelity, reproductive behavior and investment in the Brazilian Reticulate Leaf Frog, Pithecopus ayeaye LUTZ, 1966 (Anura: Phyllomedusidae). HERPETOZOA, v. 31, n. 1-2, p. 61-68, . (12/06228-0, 17/20299-1, 11/00507-2, 10/03656-6, 09/12013-4)
FAGGIONI, GABRIEL; SOUZA, FRANCO; UETANABARO, MASAO; LANDGREF-FILHO, PAULO; FURMAN, JOE; PRADO, CYNTHIA. Reproductive biology of the nest building vizcacheras frog Leptodactylus bufonius (Amphibia, Anura, Leptodactylidae), including a description of unusual courtship behaviour. HERPETOLOGICAL JOURNAL, v. 27, n. 1, p. 73-80, . (09/12013-4)
DIAS, TAILISE MARQUES; MARAGNO, FRANCIELE PEREIRA; MADALOZZ, BRUNO; PRADO, CYNTHIA P. A.; CECHIN, SONIA ZANINI. Breeding sites of the leaf frog Phyllomedusa tetraploidea (Hylidae, Phyllomedusinae) in a forest remnant in southern Brazil. North-Western Journal of Zoology, v. 9, n. 2, p. 422-424, . (09/12013-4)
NALI, RENATO C.; PRADO, CYNTHIA P. A.. Complex Call with Different Messages in Bokermannohyla ibitiguara (Anura, Hylidae), a Gladiator Frog of the Brazilian Cerrado. Journal of Herpetology, v. 48, n. 3, p. 407-414, . (10/03656-6, 09/12013-4)
PUPIN, NADYA C.; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; PRADO, CYNTHIA P. A.. Maternal provisioning by foam-nesting frogs of the genus Physalaemus (Anura, Leptodactylidae) in contrasting environments. Amphibia-Reptilia, v. 39, n. 1, p. 120-125, . (13/50741-7, 09/12013-4)
ZAMUDIO, KELLY R.; BELL, RAYNA C.; NALI, RENATO C.; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; PRADO, CYNTHIA P. A.. Polyandry, Predation, and the Evolution of Frog Reproductive Modes. American Naturalist, v. 188, n. 1, p. S41-S61, . (12/06228-0, 13/50741-7, 09/12013-4)
NALI, RENATO C.; PRADO, CYNTHIA P. A.. Habitat use, reproductive traits and social interactions in a stream-dweller treefrog endemic to the Brazilian Cerrado. Amphibia-Reptilia, v. 33, n. 3-4, p. 337-347, . (10/03656-6, 09/12013-4)
PUPIN, NADYA CAROLINA; GASPARINI, JOAO LUIZ; BASTOS, ROGERIO P.; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; PRADO, CYNTHIA P. A.. Reproductive biology of an endemic Physalaemus of the Brazilian Atlantic forest, and the trade-off between clutch and egg size in terrestrial breeders of the P. signifer group. HERPETOLOGICAL JOURNAL, v. 20, n. 3, p. 147-156, . (09/12013-4)
DIAS, TAILISE MARQUES; MARAGNO, FRANCIELE PEREIRA; PRADO, CYNTHIA P. A.; CECHIN, SONIA ZANINI. Reproductive site selection in the leaf-frog Phyllomedusa azurea Cope, 1862 (Anura: Hylidae) in altered areas of the Brazilian Cerrado. Journal of Natural History, v. 48, n. 43-44, p. 2689-2699, . (09/12013-4)
FAGGIONI, GABRIEL P.; ZAMUDIO, KELLY R.; SOUZA, FRANCO L.; PRADO, CYNTHIA P. A.. Isolation and characterization of microsatellites markers for two South American frogs (Leptodactylus bufonius and L. chaquensis) using next generation sequencing. Amphibia-Reptilia, v. 35, n. 4, p. 405-412, . (09/12013-4)
NALI, RENATO C.; ZAMUDIO, KELLY R.; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; PRADO, CYNTHIA P. A.. Size-Dependent Selective Mechanisms on Males and Females and the Evolution of Sexual Size Dimorphism in Frogs. American Naturalist, v. 184, n. 6, p. 727-740, . (12/06228-0, 08/50928-1, 13/04023-5, 13/50741-7, 10/03656-6, 09/12013-4)
ZINA, JULIANA; DE ALMEIDA PRADO, CYNTHIA PERALTA; BRASILEIRO, CINTHIA AGUIRRE; BAPTISTA HADDAD, CELIO FERNANDO. Anurans of the sandy coastal plains of the Lagamar Paulista, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Biota Neotropica, v. 12, n. 1, p. 251-260, . (06/55482-6, 08/50928-1, 01/13341-3, 09/12013-4)
TURIN, RUBENS A. F.; NALI, RENATO C.; PRADO, CYNTHIA P. A.. Intraspecific call variation in a Neotropical gladiator frog with a complex advertisement call. Amphibia-Reptilia, v. 39, n. 1, p. 31-39, . (12/06228-0, 09/12013-4)
DIAS, TAILISE MARQUES; PRADO, CYNTHIA P. A.; BASTOS, ROGERIO PEREIRA. Nightly calling patterns in a Neotropical gladiator frog. ACTA ETHOLOGICA, v. 20, n. 3, p. 207-214, . (09/12013-4)
FAGGIONI, GABRIEL P.; SOUZA, FRANCO L.; PARANHOS FILHO, ANTONIO C.; GAMARRA, ROBERTO M.; PRADO, CYNTHIA P. A.. Amount and spatial distribution of habitats influence occupancy and dispersal of frogs at multiple scales in agricultural landscape. AUSTRAL ECOLOGY, v. 46, n. 1, . (09/12013-4)
DIAS, TAILISE M.; PRADO, CYNTHIA P. A.; BASTOS, ROGERIO P.. Reproductive ecology and territorial behavior of Boana goiana (Anura: Hylidae), a gladiator frog from the Brazilian Cerrado. Zoologia, v. 38, . (09/12013-4)
NALI, RENATO C.; BECKER, CARLOS GUILHERME; ZAMUDIO, KELLY R.; PRADO, CYNTHIA P. A.. Topography, more than land cover, explains genetic diversity in a Neotropical savanna tree frog. DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS, v. 26, n. 12, . (09/12013-4, 12/06228-0, 13/04023-5, 14/04394-6)
FRANCO L. SOUZA; CYNTHIA P.A. PRADO; JOSÉ L.M.M. SUGAI; VANDA L. FERREIRA; CAMILA AOKI; PAULO LANDGREF-FILHO; CHRISTINE STRÜSSMANN; ROBSON W. ÁVILA; DOMINGOS J. RODRIGUES; NELSON R. ALBUQUERQUE; et al. Diversidade de anfíbios do Estado de Mato Grosso do Sul, Brasil. IHERINGIA SERIE ZOOLOGIA, v. 107, . (09/12013-4)

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