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Topics in phylogeography of Aplastodiscus (Amphibia; Anura; Hylidae)

Grant number: 13/18807-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2013
Effective date (End): September 30, 2017
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology
Principal Investigator:Célio Fernando Baptista Haddad
Grantee:Bianca von Muller Berneck
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/50741-7 - Diversity and conservation of Brazilian amphibians, AP.BTA.TEM


The Atlantic Forest deforestation during the last centuries caused, beyond extinctions and loss of populations, reduction of genetic diversity from the remaining species. This biome is actually restricted to 11% of its original size. Given its high species diversity, works on phylogeography of Atlantic Forest species are scare. The genus Aplastodiscus include 15 species of anurans, most of them occur in the Atlantic Forest in streams and associated environments. A recent study on taxonomy of the group brought advances in the knowledge of intra-specific limits, allowing the rise of phylogeographic questions. Our goals are as follows: i) to describe how the genetic diversity is structured in Aplastodiscus species groups, to date genetic breaks, and to infer clade ages; ii) investigate if the dada can be explained by abiotic factors such as hydrographic basins; iii) test if the Aplastodiscus genetic structure follows the current hypothesis of Atlantic Forest genetic breaks; iv) investigate the connection between the Atlantic Forest and the Brazilian Cerrado using Aplastodiscus as an example; v) suggest areas for conservation of anurans from Atlantic Forest streams. We will include molecular data for several populations and use modern techniques on phylogeography to reach our goals. Our results should provide better understanding on speciation patterns of anurans from Atlantic Forest, new data on Atlantic Forest history itself, and provide support to conservation actions on anurans from streams in the Atlantic Forest.

Scientific publications (5)
(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)
TEIXEIRA SANTOS, MARCUS THADEU; DE OLIVEIRA, SILVIA HELENA; DE CARVALHO, THIAGO RIBEIRO; ZAIDAN, BARBARA FERNANDES; DA SILVA, NELSON RODRIGUES; BERNECK, BIANCA VON MULLER; ANCHIETTA GARCIA, PAULO CHRISTIANO. A new species of Paratelmatobius (Anura: Leptodactylidae: Paratelmatobiinae) from the Atlantic Forest of southern Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 4648, n. 3, p. 473-493, JUL 31 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
BERNECK, BIANCA V. M.; GIARETTA, ARIOVALDO A.; BRANDAO, REUBER A.; CRUZ, CARLOS A. G.; HADDAD, CELIO F. B. The first species of Aplastodiscus endemic to the Brazilian Cerrado (Anura, Hylidae). ZOOKEYS, n. 642, p. 115-130, 2017. Web of Science Citations: 4.
CONTE, CARLOS E.; ARAUJO-VIEIRA, KATYUSCIA; CRIVELLARI, LUCAS B.; BERNECK, BIANCA V. M. A new species of Scinax Wagler (Anura: Hylidae) from Parana, Southern Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 4193, n. 2, p. 245-265, NOV 16 2016. Web of Science Citations: 5.
BERNECK, BIANCA V. M.; HADDAD, CELLO F. B.; LYRA, MARIANA L.; CRUZ, CARLOS A. G.; FAIVOVICH, JULIAN. The Green Clade grows: A phylogenetic analysis of Aplastodiscus (Anura; Hylidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 97, p. 213-223, APR 2016. Web of Science Citations: 6.
BRUNETTI, ANDRES E.; HERMIDA, GLADYS N.; CELESTE LUNA, MARIA; BARSOTTI, ADRIANA M. G.; JARED, CARLOS; ANTONIAZZI, MARTA MARIA; RIVERA-CORREA, MAURICIO; BERNECK, BIANCA V. M.; FAIVOVICH, JULIAN. Diversity and evolution of sexually dimorphic mental and lateral glands in Cophomantini treefrogs (Anura: Hylidae: Hylinae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, v. 114, n. 1, p. 12-34, JAN 2015. Web of Science Citations: 18.

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