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Diversity of vocalizations in Leptodactylidae and exploratory analysis of vocal morphology: a phylogenetic comparative approach investigation of acoustic evolution in a group of Neotropical anurans

Grant number: 17/08489-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2017
Effective date (End): July 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Animal Behavior
Principal Investigator:Célio Fernando Baptista Haddad
Grantee:Thiago Ribeiro de Carvalho Tavares
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):18/17118-8 - A first detailed characterization of the vocal morphology in leptodactylid frogs: insights into mechanisms of sound production in amphibian anurans, BE.EP.PD


Patterns of behavioral evolution were a major focus of ethology. In the last decades, this research field has increasingly focused on a quantitative framework once robust mathematical models (Phylogenetic Comparative Methods, PCMs) had arisen. Vocalizations are the main signal conveyed by males of most amphibian anuran species in reproductive context. These signals, conspicuous and stereotyped, have been an object for study in evolutionary behavioral studies, including sexual selection, speciation and mechanisms of production and recognition of acoustic signals. Leptodactylidae is a species-rich taxon (> 200), which is distributed throughout the Neotropics. The group exhibits a high diversity of vocalizations. The diversity of call patterns accentuates the potential to studies that aim at evolutionary processes explaining the high variability of acoustic signals in these organisms. Laryngeal structures have been associated with acoustic patterns in other anuran groups, even though detailed morphological descriptions are still scanty. An evolutionary study associating the structures of the vocal apparatus with the myriad of known acoustic patterns in this taxon can be promising for the understanding of acoustic evolution in anurans. This project aims to describe the diversity of acoustic signals in Leptodactylidae and to conduct an exploratory analysis on the vocal morphology of this group, analyzing for the first the time the extent of association between acoustic and morphological patterns through PCMs. The results of this project will contribute to the understanding of acoustic evolution in anurans, raising future questions in complementary research fields.

Scientific publications (15)
(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)
CARVALHO, THIAGO R.; MORAES, LEANDRO J. C. L.; ANGULO, ARIADNE; WERNECK, FERNANDA P.; ICOCHEA, JAVIER; LIMA, ALBERTINA P. New acoustic and molecular data shed light on the poorly known Amazonian frog Adenomera simonstuarti (Leptodactylidae): implications for distribution and conservation. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF TAXONOMY, v. 682, p. 1-18, JUL 8 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
DE ANDRADE, FELIPE SILVA; HAGA, ISABELLE AQUEMI; LYRA, MARIANA LUCIO; DE CARVALHO, THIAGO RIBEIRO; BAPTISTA HADDAD, CELIO FERNANDO; GIARETTA, ARIOVALDO ANTONIO; TOLEDO, LUIS FELIPE. Reassessment of the taxonomic status of Pseudopaludicola parnaiba (Anura, Leptodactylidae, Leiuperinae), with the description of a new cryptic species from the Brazilian Cerrado. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF TAXONOMY, v. 679, p. 1-36, JUL 3 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
BANG, DAVI LEE; LISBOA, BARNAGLEISON SILVA; DA VEIGA TEIXEIRA, BERNARDO FRANCO; GIARETTA, ARIOVALDO ANTONIO; DE CARVALHO, THIAGO RIBEIRO. A comparative acoustic analysis of species of Vitreorana (Anura: Centrolenidae) from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest and Cerrado, with a description of the call of V. baliomma and insights into the taxonomic status of Cerrado populations. Phyllomedusa, v. 19, n. 1, p. 35-47, JUN 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
DA SILVA, LEANDRO A.; MAGALHAES, FELIPE M.; THOMASSEN, HANS; LEITE, FELIPE S. F.; GARDA, ADRIAN A.; BRANDAO, REUBER A.; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; GIARETTA, ARIOVALDO A.; DE CARVALHO, THIAGO R. Unraveling the species diversity and relationships in the Leptodactylus mystaceus complex (Anura: Leptodactylidae), with the description of three new Brazilian species. Zootaxa, v. 4779, n. 2, p. 151-189, MAY 19 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
CASSINI, CARLA S.; TAUCCE, PEDRO P. G.; DE CARVALHO, THIAGO R.; FOUQUET, ANTOINE; SOLE, MIRCO; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; GARCIA, PAULO C. A. One step beyond a broad molecular phylogenetic analysis: Species delimitation of Adenomera marmorata Steindachner, 1867 (Anura: Leptodactylidae). PLoS One, v. 15, n. 2 FEB 21 2020. Web of Science Citations: 1.
DE CARVALHO, THIAGO R.; GIARETTA, ARIOVALDO A.; MACIEL, NATAN M.; BARRERA, DIEGO A.; AGUILAR-PUNTRIANO, CESAR; HADDAD, CELLO F. B.; KOKUBU, MARCELO N. C.; MENIN, MARCELO; ANGULO, ARIADNE. On the Uncertain Taxonomic Identity of Adenomera hylaedactyla (Cope, 1868) and the Composite Type Series of A. andreae (Muller, 1923) (Anura, Leptodactylidae). Copeia, v. 107, n. 4, p. 708-723, NOV 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
MARINHO, PEDRO; COSTA-CAMPOS, CARLOS E.; SANCHES, PATRICK R.; DE CARVALHO, THIAGO R. The release call of Rhaebo guttatus (Anura: Bufonidae). Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment, v. 54, n. 3, p. 236-238, SEP 2 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
DE CARVALHO, THIACO R.; ANGULO, ARIADNE; KOKUBUM, MARCELO N. C.; BARBERA, DIEGO A.; DE SOUZA, MOISES B.; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; GIARETTA, ARIOVALDO A. A New Cryptic Species of the Adenomera andreae Clade from Southwestern Amazonia (Anura, Leptodactylidae). Herpetologica, v. 75, n. 3, p. 233-246, SEP 2019. Web of Science Citations: 1.
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.
DE CARVALHO, THIAGO R.; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; GRIDI-PAPP, MARCOS. Tonal calls as a bioacoustic novelty in two Atlantic Forest species of Physalaemus (Anura: Leptodactylidae). Acta Herpetologica, v. 14, n. 1, p. 21-26, JUN 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
DE CARVALHO, THIAGO R.; CASSINI, CARLA S.; TAUCCE, PEDRO P. G.; HADDAD, CELIO F. B. A New, Morphologically Cryptic Species of Adenomera Closely Related to Adenomera araucaria from the Atlantic Forest of Southern Brazil (Anura, Leptodactylidae). Journal of Herpetology, v. 53, n. 2, p. 131-143, MAY 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
DE CARVALII, THIAGO R.; GIARETTA, ARIOVALDO A.; ANGULO, ARIADNE; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; PELOSO, V, PEDRO L. A new Amazonian species of Adenomera (Anura: Leptodactylidae) from the Brazilian state of Para: a tody-tyrant voice in a frog. American Museum Novitates, n. 3919, p. 1-21, FEB 7 2019. Web of Science Citations: 3.
ROBERTO, IGOR JOVENTINO; DOS SANTOS, EDNILZA MARANHAO; DE CARVALHO, THIAGO RIBEIRO. The vocalization of Gastrotheca fissipes (Boulenger, 1888) (Anura, Hemiphractidae) from the state of Pernambuco, northeastern Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 4543, n. 2, p. 284-286, JAN 7 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
MARINHO, PEDRO; DE CARVALHO, THIAGO RIBEIRO; BANG, DAVI LEE; DA VEIGA TEIXEIRA, BERNARDO FRANCO; AZARAK, PRISCILA ALENCAR; COSTA CAMPOS, CARLOS EDUARDO; GIARETTA, ARIOVALDO ANTONIO. Advertisement calls, intraspecific variation and species diagnosis of six Brazilian species of Elachistocleis (Anura: Microhylidae: Gastrophryninae). Zootaxa, v. 4521, n. 3, p. 357-375, NOV 15 2018. Web of Science Citations: 2.
DE ANDRADE, FELIPE SILVA; HAGA, ISABELLE AQUEMI; DE CARVALHO, THIAGO RIBEIRO; MARTINS, LUCAS BORGES; GIARETTA, ARIOVALDO ANTONIO. An acoustic and morphometric evaluation of the geographic distribution of Phyllomedusa burmeisteri (Anura: Phyllomedusidae), with comments on P-bahiana. Phyllomedusa, v. 17, n. 1, p. 39-59, JUN 2018. Web of Science Citations: 1.

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