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Unveiling the hidden limits of species clusters: a cross-methodological approach to identify bioregions of neotropical snakes

Grant number: 14/18837-7
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): April 15, 2015
Effective date (End): April 14, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology
Principal Investigator:Ricardo Jannini Sawaya
Grantee:Thaís Barreto Guedes da Costa
Supervisor abroad: Alexandre Antonelli
Home Institution: Instituto de Ciências Ambientais, Químicas e Farmacêuticas (ICAQF). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Diadema. Diadema , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : University of Gothenburg, Sweden  
Associated to the scholarship:13/04170-8 - Historical biogeography of the snakes from open landscapes in South America, BP.PD

Abstract

The identification of natural biogeographical regions is fundamental for comparisons in broad-scale ecological and evolutionary studies, and constitutes an essential tool for conservation planning. Several recent ecological and biogeographical studies have attempted to delimit bioregions at both global and local scales, and there is a long history of regionalization schemes proposed for the Neotropical region throughout the last 150 years. However, despite recent advances and proposals, there is no consensus on what kind of data are most adequate, what are the best methods for delimitating and mapping bioregions cartographically, nor which terminological system should be used for referring to the areas identified. This lack of consensus, as well as its insufficient analytical development, is surprising given that these natural units form the basis for the study of evolutionary, ecological, and geological process that spatially structure biotas. Thus, the aim of this study is to test methods and proposals of regionalization in Neotropics using real and reliable data (ca. 100,000 distributional records of 469 species) on the geographical distribution of snakes as a model, and to compare the results with previously published proposals for other animals, plants, and abiotic features. We aim to answer the following questions: i) How do different bioregionalisation methods perform on the distributional data of Neotropical snakes? ii) How congruent are commonly recognized "Brazilian biomes" with bioregions delimited by distributional data of snakes? iii) What are the main limitations of currently available methods used in regionalization analyses for biogeography? (AU)

Scientific publications (9)
(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)
ENTIAUSPE-NETO, OMAR M.; KOCH, CLAUDIA; GUEDES, THAIS B.; TIUTENKO, ARTHUR. Revisiting the taxonomic status of Apostolepis sanctaeritae, a forgotten Neotropical dipsadid snake. SALAMANDRA, v. 56, n. 4, p. 329-341, OCT 30 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
ENTIAUSPE-NETO, OMAR M.; GUEDES, THAIS B.; LOEBMANN, DANIEL; DE LEMA, THALES. Taxonomic Status of Two Simultaneously Described Apostolepis Cope, 1862 Species (Dipsadidae: Elapomorphini) from Caatinga Enclaves Moist Forests, Brazil. Journal of Herpetology, v. 54, n. 2, p. 225-234, JUN 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
NOGUEIRA, CRISTIANO C.; ARGOLO, ANTONIO J. S.; ARZAMENDIA, VANESA; AZEVEDO, JOSUE A.; BARBO, FAUSTO E.; BERNILS, RENATO S.; BOLOCHIO, BRUNA E.; BORGES-MARTINS, MARCIO; BRASIL-GODINHO, MARCELA; BRAZ, HENRIQUE B.; BUONONATO, MARCUS A.; CISNEROS-HEREDIA, DIEGO F.; COLLI, GUARINO R.; COSTA, HENRIQUE C.; FRANCO, FRANCISCO; GIRAUDO, ALEJANDRO R.; GONZALEZ, RODRIGO C.; GUEDES, THAIS; HOOGMOED, MARINUS S.; MARQUES, V, OTAVIO A.; MONTINGELLI, GIOVANNA G.; PASSOS, PAULO; PRUDENTE, ANA L. C.; RIVAS, GILSON A.; SANCHEZ, PAOLA M.; SERRANO, FILIPE; SILVA JR, NELSON J.; STRUSSMANN, CHRISTINE; VIEIRA-ALENCAR, JOAO PAULO S.; ZAHER, HUSSAM; SAWAYA, RICARDO J.; MARTINS, MARCIO. Atlas of Brazilian Snakes: Verified Point-Locality Maps to Mitigate the Wallacean Shortfall in a Megadiverse Snake Fauna. South American Journal of Herpetology, v. 14, n. 1, p. S1-S274, DEC 2019. Web of Science Citations: 1.
BRAZ, HENRIQUE B.; KASPEROVICZUS, KARINA N.; GUEDES, THAIS B. Reproductive Biology of the Fossorial Snake Apostolepis gaboi (Elapomorphini): A Threatened and Poorly Known Species from the Caatinga Region. South American Journal of Herpetology, v. 14, n. 1, p. 37-47, APR 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
ANTONELLI, ALEXANDRE; ARIZA, MARIA; ALBERT, JAMES; ANDERMANN, TOBIAS; AZEVEDO, JOSUE; BACON, CHRISTINE; FAURBY, SOREN; GUEDES, THAIS; HOORN, CARINA; LOHMANN, LUCIA G.; MATOS-MARAVI, PAVEL; RITTER, CAMILA D.; SANMARTIN, ISABEL; SILVESTRO, DANIELE; TEJEDOR, MARCELO; TER STEEGE, HANS; TUOMISTO, HANNA; WERNECK, FERNANDA P.; ZIZKA, ALEXANDER; EDWARDS, V, SCOTT. Conceptual and empirical advances in Neotropical biodiversity research. PeerJ, v. 6, OCT 4 2018. Web of Science Citations: 11.
GUEDES, THAIS B.; BARBO, FAUSTO E.; FRANCA, DANIELLA; ZAHER, HUSSAM. Morphological variation of the rare psammophilous species Apostolepis gaboi (Serpentes, Dipsadidae, Elapomorphini). Zootaxa, v. 4418, n. 5, p. 469-480, MAY 10 2018. Web of Science Citations: 2.
GUEDES, THAIS B.; SAWAYA, RICARDO J.; ZIZKA, ALEXANDER; LAFFAN, SHAWN; FAURBY, SOREN; PYRON, R. ALEXANDER; BERNILS, RENATO S.; JANSEN, MARTIN; PASSOS, PAULO; PRUDENTE, ANA L. C.; CISNEROS-HEREDIA, DIEGO F.; BRAZ, HENRIQUE B.; NOGUEIRA, CRISTIANO DE C.; ANTONELLI, ALEXANDRE. Patterns, biases and prospects in the distribution and diversity of Neotropical snakes. GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, v. 27, n. 1, p. 14-21, JAN 2018. Web of Science Citations: 14.
EDLER, DANIEL; GUEDES, THAIS; ZIZKA, ALEXANDER; ROSVALL, MARTIN; ANTONELLI, ALEXANDRE. Infomap Bioregions: Interactive Mapping of Biogeographical Regions from Species Distributions. Systematic Biology, v. 66, n. 2, SI, p. 197-204, MAR 2017. Web of Science Citations: 31.
CITELI, NATHALIE; HAMDAN, BRENO; GUEDES, THAIS. Snake richness in urban forest fragments from Niteroi and surroundings, state of Rio de Janeiro, southeastern Brazil. BIODIVERSITY DATA JOURNAL, v. 4, 2016. Web of Science Citations: 1.

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