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Taxonomic review of the species complex Potamotrygon scobina Garman, 1913 (Chondrichthyes: Myliobatiformes: Potamotrygonidae): implications on the biogeography of the family Potamotrygonidae and the South American Continent

Grant number: 12/19479-1
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): January 05, 2013
Effective date (End): March 04, 2013
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology
Principal researcher:Marcelo Rodrigues de Carvalho
Grantee:João Pedro Fontenelle de Araújo Freire da Silva
Supervisor abroad: Shane Timothy Ahyong
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Australian Museum, Australia  
Associated to the scholarship:11/03952-7 - Morphology and systematics of Potamotrygon scobina Garman, 1913 (Chondrichthyes: Myliobatiformes: Potamotrygonidae): a species complex?, BP.MS


The family Potamotrygonidae comprises approximately 25 species in four valid genera. Potamotrygon scobina Garman 1913, was described based on a juvenile male specimen, from the lower Rio Tocantins (Cameta), but P. scobina has already been collected in a number of other localities in the Amazon basin. This variation makes it uncertain whether Potamotrygon scobina is actually a species complex or only a single species with large variability. In order to solve part of the problem of family, P. scobina will be taxonomically reviewed in order to redefine the limits of the species. The masters project linked to this proposal aims the taxonomic revision and understanding the distribution of these populations. The total gain of the project depends, however, on the deepening of the biogeographic study relevant to the data obtained, together with a specialist of this area. This proposal is a request for a Bolsa de Estágio de Pesquisa no Exterior (Bepe), to be held at the Australian Museum (AM). Once in the AM, the candidate will deepen the study of biogeography to important regions of the Amazon basin, in addition to collecting data about the hypothesis of evolution of Amazonian rivers and family Potamotrygonidae. (AU)

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FONTENELLE, JOAO PEDRO; LOBODA, THIAGO S.; KOLMANN, MATTHEW; DE CARVALHO, MARCELO R. Angular cartilage structure and variation in Neotropical freshwater stingrays (Chondrichthyes: Myliobatiformes: Potamotrygonidae), with comments on their function and evolution. ZOOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY, v. 183, n. 1, p. 121-142, MAY 2018. Web of Science Citations: 1.

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