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Diversity of tadpoles collected in 14 conservation units in São Paulo State

Grant number: 16/07893-9
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2016
Effective date (End): May 31, 2017
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology
Principal Investigator:Fernando Rodrigues da Silva
Grantee:Michelle Robin Carneiro de Rezende
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias para a Sustentabilidade (CCTS). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). Sorocaba , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/50714-0 - Influence of ecological and evolutionary processes in structuring amphibian communities at different spatial and temporal scales, AP.BTA.JP

Abstract

Knowing the number of species on Earth is one of the most basic and intriguing questions in science. Unfortunately, 86% of the species are still unknown (i.e., Linnean shortfall) and little is known about the geographical distribution of species already described (i.e., Wallacean shortfall). Aiming to reduce these shortcomings, researchers have published descriptive anuran species lists that occur in certain regions of the country. However, few studies have included a description of the larval stage. One of the main reasons for this discrepancy is the difficulty in identifying tadpoles, mainly in tropical communities that have high species richness. In this project we intend to compile a list containing descriptions of external morphological and oral structure for all species of tadpoles collected in 14 protected areas in the Atlantic Forest of São Paulo. (AU)