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Evolutionary implications of reduced body size in the tiny frog Euparkerella (Craugastoride, Holoadeninae)

Grant number: 15/11557-1
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): August 22, 2015
Effective date (End): October 15, 2015
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Genetics - Animal Genetics
Principal researcher:João Miguel de Barros Alexandrino
Grantee:Luciana Ardenghi Fusinatto
Supervisor abroad: Fernando Jorge Guimarães Sequeira
Home Institution: Instituto de Ciências Ambientais, Químicas e Farmacêuticas (ICAQF). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Diadema. Diadema , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidade do Porto (UP), Portugal  
Associated to the scholarship:13/21174-7 - Small-bodied vertebrates as tools for fine-scale diversification studies: the case of Euparkerella in Brazilian Atlantic Forest, BP.PD


Miniaturized vertebrates with microendemic pattern of distribution have been recurrently observed in tropical forests, raising many developmental and evolutionary questions. We have studied this phenomenon for a tiny frog, Euparkerella, endemic to Atlantic Rainforest, and recognized deep molecular divergences between species, cryptic diversity and population structure at fine scale. Our aim now is to improve the population genetics study with more samples and analytical tools, focusing in landscape and niche modelling, to best understand microevolutionary process associated to miniaturization. Additionally, a new morphofunctional component will be added. We will generate microtomography images to investigate osteological constrains to minute body sizes in three ways: i) phylogenetic; ii) taxonomic; and iii) populational. We expect to integrate all approaches to have a multi-scale panorama of evolutionary implications of miniaturization. (AU)

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FUSINATTO, LUCIANA ARDENGHI; DINIZ, BRUNO LAMY T.; DE SIQUEIRA, ANDREZA SOARES; VAN SLUYS, MONIQUE; SEQUEIRA, FERNANDO; DUARTE ROCHA, CARLOS F.. Living in a tiny world: reproductive biology and population ecology of the Neotropical miniature frog Euparkerella aff. brasiliensis (Terraranae, Strabomantidae). Amphibia-Reptilia, v. 41, n. 2, p. 201-213, . (15/11557-1, 15/11556-5, 13/21174-7)
NEVES, FABIANA; ABRANTES, JOANA; LOPES, ANA M.; FUSINATTO, LUCIANA A.; MAGALHAES, MARIA J.; VAN DER LOO, WESSEL; ESTEVES, PEDRO J.. Evolution of CCL16 in Glires (Rodentia and Lagomorpha) shows an unusual random pseudogenization pattern. BMC Evolutionary Biology, v. 19, . (13/21174-7, 15/11557-1)

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