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Genetic diversity of felids (Puma concolor, Leopardus pardalis, Leopardus tigrinus and Puma yagouaroundi) and the mesopredator (Leopardus pardalis) presence effect on density and genetic diversity of the smaller felid species.

Grant number: 13/24453-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2014
Effective date (End): March 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Genetics
Principal Investigator:Pedro Manoel Galetti Junior
Grantee:Bruno Henrique Saranholi
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


The habitat loss and fragmentation are the main threats to many species, making them more susceptible to extinction due to reduced gene flow and loss of genetic diversity of their populations. The carnivorous mammal populations are the most vulnerable in fragmented landscapes due to their natural occurrence at low density and large home range needs. Changes in carnivore populations may also cause modifications in other species populations, for example, in herbivores (the main item of carnivores' diet), and even in populations of other carnivorous species (primarily due to competition). An example of this interaction occurs among the felid species in Brazil, where the density of the smaller species (Puma yagouaroundi and Leopardus tigrinus) is reduced due to competition with Leopardus pardalis (mesopredator), which in turn has its density increased in the absence of Puma concolor. Thus, the main objective of this work is to determine the genetic diversity of these four species of felids and evaluate whether there is a relationship between the density of L. pardalis and the density and genetic diversity of smaller felids (P. yagouaroundi and L. tigrinus). For this, we will use samples of feces, tissue and blood from six study areas in the State of São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Goiás in Brazil. We will confirm the species of feces samples applying primers from ATP6 and COI mitochondrial DNA. The sample individualization, density and abundance estimative, genetic diversity, kinship and the existence of gene flow among populations will be performed through a multilocus panel of microsatellites. In this sense, this work intends understanding how fragmentation can influence the genetic diversity and the ecological relationships among species, and assists the choice of protected areas which enable the gene flow among populations, ensuring their long term viability.

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Scientific publications (13)
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MORAES DE CASTRO SOUZA, ANDIARA SILOS; SARANHOLI, BRUNO HENRIQUE; CRAWSHAW, JR., PETER GRANSDEN; JAVIER PAVIOLO, AGUSTIN; RAMPIM, LILIAN ELAINE; SARTORELLO, LEONARDO; GALETTI, JR., PEDRO MANOEL. Redescobrindo a onça-pintada em um remanescente de Mata Atlântica costeira no sudeste do Brasil por análise não-invasiva de DNA. Biota Neotropica, v. 17, n. 2, . (12/00534-2, 13/24453-4, 10/52315-7)
MICCHI DE BARROS FERRAZ, KATIA MARIA PASCHOALETTO; MARCHINI, SILVIO; BOGONI, JULIANO A.; PAOLINO, ROBERTA MONTANHEIRO; LANDIS, MARIANA; FUSCO-COSTA, ROBERTO; MAGIOLI, MARCELO; MUNHOES, LETICIA PRADO; SARANHOLI, BRUNO H.; GOMES RIBEIRO, YURI GERALDO; et al. Best of both worlds: Combining ecological and social research to inform conservation decisions in a Neotropical biodiversity hotspot. JOURNAL FOR NATURE CONSERVATION, v. 66, p. 14-pg., . (14/09300-0, 14/10192-7, 13/24453-4, 16/19106-1, 18/16662-6, 19/21074-9, 14/01986-0)
SARANHOLI, BRUNO H.; CHAVEZ-CONGRAINS, KARLA; GALETTI, JR., PEDRO M.. Evidence of Recent Fine-Scale Population Structuring in South American Puma concolor. Diversity, v. 9, n. 4, . (13/24453-4)
NAGY-REIS, MARIANA; OSHIMA, JULIA EMI DE FARIA; KANDA, CLAUDIA ZUKERAN; PALMEIRA, FRANCESCA BELEM LOPES; DE MELO, FABIANO RODRIGUES; MORATO, RONALDO GONCALVES; BONJORNE, LILIAN; MAGIOLI, MARCELO; LEUCHTENBERGER, CAROLINE; ROHE, FABIO; et al. NEOTROPICAL CARNIVORES: a data set on carnivore distribution in the Neotropics. ECOLOGY, v. 101, n. 11, . (14/01986-0, 12/14245-2, 10/05343-5, 13/50421-2, 06/04878-7, 17/21816-0, 05/00405-4, 13/24453-4, 15/22844-1, 13/07162-6, 15/19439-8, 16/11595-3, 19/04851-1, 15/18381-6, 13/04957-8, 14/23095-0, 14/09300-0, 11/06782-5, 15/17739-4, 11/22449-4, 14/23132-2, 14/10192-7, 12/00534-2, 14/14925-9)
BARRAGAN-RUIZ, CARMEN ELENA; SILVA-SANTOS, ROSANE; SARANHOLI, BRUNO H.; DESBIEZ, ARNAUD L. J.; GALETTI JR, PEDRO MANOEL. Moderate Genetic Diversity and Demographic Reduction in the Threatened Giant Anteater, Myrmecophaga tridactyla. FRONTIERS IN GENETICS, v. 12, . (13/24453-4)
GESTICH, CARLA C.; ARROYO-RODRIGUEZ, VICTOR; SARANHOLI, BRUNO H.; DA CUNHA, ROGERIO G. T.; SETZ, ELEONORE Z. F.; RIBEIRO, MILTON C.. orest loss and fragmentation can promote the crowding effect in a forest-specialist primat. LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY, v. 37, n. 1, . (20/01779-5, 13/50421-2, 12/14245-2, 13/24453-4)
GESTICH, CARLA C.; GONCALVES JR, JODO M.; SARANHOLI, BRUNO H.; FREITAS, PATRICIA D.; GALETTI JR, PEDRO M.. Population estimates of the endangered Callithrix aurita and Callithrix hybrids records in a large Atlantic Forest remnant. FOLIA PRIMATOLOGICA, v. 93, n. 2, p. 10-pg., . (13/24453-4)
RODRIGUES, NAYRA T.; SARANHOLI, BRUNO H.; ANGELONI, THAIS A.; PASQUALOTTO, NIELSON; CHIARELLO, ADRIANO G.; GALETTI, JR., PEDRO M.. DNA mini-barcoding of leporids using noninvasive fecal DNA samples and its significance for monitoring an invasive species. ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, v. 10, n. 12, . (16/19106-1, 13/24453-4, 18/11788-1)
SARANHOLI, BRUNO H.; BERGEL, MARIANO M.; RUFFINO, PAULO H. P.; RODRIGUEZ-C, KAREN G.; RAMAZZOTTO, LUCAS A.; DE FREITAS, PATRICIA D.; GALETTI, JR., PEDRO M.. Roadkill hotspots in a protected area of Cerrado in Brazil: planning actions to conservation. REVISTA MVZ CORDOBA, v. 21, n. 2, p. 5441-5448, . (13/24453-4)
DE OLIVEIRA, MARINA E.; SARANHOLI, BRUNO H.; DIRZO, RODOLFO; GALETTI, JR., PEDRO M.. A review of philopatry and dispersal in felids living in an anthropised worldPalavras-chave. MAMMAL REVIEW, . (10/52315-7, 13/24453-4)
DE OLIVEIRA, MARINA E.; SARANHOLI, BRUNO H.; MIOTTO, RENATA A.; SOUZA, ANDIARA SILOS M. C.; DIRZO, RODOLFO; GALETTI JR, PEDRO M.. Female philopatry and unsuccessful male dispersal of a top predator in a human-modified landscape revealed by relatedness analysis. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WILDLIFE RESEARCH, v. 69, n. 5, p. 10-pg., . (22/01741-3, 10/52315-7, 13/24453-4, 11/13897-3, 12/00534-2)
SARANHOLI, BRUNO H.; SANCHES, ALEXANDRA; MOREIRA-RAMIREZ, JOSE F.; CARVALHO, CAROLINA DA SILVA; GALETTI, MAURO; GALETTI JR, PEDRO M.. Long-term persistence of the large mammal lowland tapir is at risk in the largest Atlantic forest corridor. PERSPECTIVES IN ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION, v. 20, n. 3, p. 9-pg., . (07/03392-6, 13/24453-4, 13/19377-7, 07/04073-1, 19/26436-6)
SARANHOLI, BRUNO H.; CHAVEZ-CONGRAINS, KARLA; GALETTI, PEDRO M., JR.. Evidence of Recent Fine-Scale Population Structuring in South American Puma concolor. DIVERSITY-BASEL, v. 9, n. 4, p. 11-pg., . (13/24453-4, 10/52315-7)

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