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Species diversity and coexistence: what is the role of these components in the morphological variation within South American hilid frogs?

Grant number: 11/20677-0
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2011
Effective date (End): March 31, 2012
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Theoretical Ecology
Principal Investigator:Célio Fernando Baptista Haddad
Grantee:Vitor Hugo Mendonça do Prado
Supervisor abroad: Pedro R. Peres-Neto
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), Canada  

Abstract

Some evolutionary theories predict a relationship between species diversification and morphological divergence within lineages. Differentiation of niches is often accompanied by the selection for divergent phenotypes that further minimize interactions between competitors (character displacement). Therefore, it is expected a strong influence of morphological variation on species within lineages on species coexistence. However, this relationship has little been tested. Here, I propose to test this relationship with morphological and geographical range data from South American hylid frogs. We will quantify morphological variation for mainland tree frogs using 28 measurements. Species distribution and spatial overlap will be based on range maps from available databases. To test the hypothesis that morphological diversification is a function of number of species, species coexistence or a mix of both, we will use phylogenetic generalized least squares to assess evolutionary relationships and null model analysis to assess patterns of trait coexistence across species. (AU)

Scientific publications
(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)
DA SILVA, FERNANDO RODRIGUES; ALMEIDA-NETO, MARIO; MENDONCA DO PRADO, VITOR HUGO; BAPTISTA HADDAD, CELIO FERNANDO; ROSSA-FERES, DENISE DE CERQUEIRA. Humidity levels drive reproductive modes and phylogenetic diversity of amphibians in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Journal of Biogeography, v. 39, n. 9, p. 1720-1732, SEP 2012. Web of Science Citations: 30.

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