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Morphological diversity and taxonomic revision of monotypic genus Paratrygon Duméril, 1865 (Chondrichthyes: Myliobatiformes: Potamotrygonidae): a complex of species.

Grant number: 11/23420-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2012
Effective date (End): January 01, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal researcher:Marcelo Rodrigues de Carvalho
Grantee:Thiago Silva Loboda
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):14/03277-6 - Morphological diversity and taxonomic revision of the monotypic genus Paratrygon Dumeril, 1865 (Chondrichthyes: Myliobatiformes: Potamotrygonidae), BE.EP.DR


It is proposed in this paper realize the taxonomic revision of the monotypic genus Paratrygon Duméril, 1865 through morphological analysis of specimens distributed throughout its range, now known to the Amazon and Orinoco basins. His species, Paratrygon aiereba (Müller & Henle, 1841), has a wide geographical distribution and populations distributed along this stretch have morphological differences, most evident in their coloration patterns of dorsal disc and morphology and distribution of dermal denticles. Through a preliminary analysis from the first specimens available (around 70 copies) in the Museu de Zoologia of USP (MZUSP) and the Instituto de Biociências (IBUSP) it was possible to distinguish, with observations on the characters specified above, two new probable species to gender, one from the upper sub-basin of the Araguaia and one of the upper Rio Tocantins. Even populations of P. aiereba from Amazonian rivers close to each other present a considerable diversity of coloration. Thus, this project aims to test the possible morphological separation of populations of P. aiereba found with molecular analysis. As the genus is little known to the morphological point of view, we propose a detailed anatomical review that may provide support for the taxonomic revision of Paratrygon. Thus, new morphological, taxonomic, geographic and phylogenetic date be raised about the evolution of this genus.

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Scientific publications (5)
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CAPRETZ BATISTA DA SILVA, JOAO PAULO; LOBODA, THIAGO SILVA. Potamotrygon marquesi, a new species of neotropical freshwater stingray (Potamotrygonidae) from the Brazilian Amazon Basin. Journal of Fish Biology, v. 95, n. 2, p. 594-612, AUG 2019. Web of Science Citations: 2.
DE MOREIRA, RENAN A.; LOBODA, THIAGO S.; DE CARVALHO, MARCELO R. Comparative anatomy of the clasper of the subfamily Potamotrygoninae (Chondrichthyes: Myliobatiformes). Journal of Morphology, v. 279, n. 5, p. 598-608, MAY 2018. Web of Science Citations: 1.
DE CARVALHO, MARCELO R.; LOBODA, THIAGO S.; DA SILVA, JOAO PAULO C. B. A new subfamily, Styracurinae, and new genus, Styracura, for Himantura schmardae (Werner, 1904) and Himantura pacifica (Beebe & Tee-Van, 1941) (Chondrichthyes: Myliobatiformes). Zootaxa, v. 4175, n. 3, p. 201-221, OCT 14 2016. Web of Science Citations: 13.
LOBODA, THIAGO SILVA; DE CARVALHO, MARCELO RODRIGUES. Systematic revision of the Potamotrygon motoro (Muller & Henle, 1841) species complex in the Parana-Paraguay basin, with description of two new ocellated species (Chondrichthyes: Myliobatiformes: Potamotrygonidae). Neotropical Ichthyology, v. 11, n. 4, p. 693-737, DEC 27 2013. Web of Science Citations: 23.

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