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Herpetofauna from the Conservation Units Mosaic of Jacupiranga (SP)

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Author(s):
Domenico, Eleonora Aguiar de
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
Press: São Paulo. [2008]. 157 f., ilustrações.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Instituto de Biociências
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Examining board members:
Zaher, Hussam El Dine; Garcia, Paulo Christiano de Anchietta; Sawaya, Ricardo Jannini
Advisor: Zaher, Hussam El Dine
Field of knowledge: Biological Sciences - Zoology
Indexed in: Banco de Dados Bibliográficos da USP-DEDALUS; Biblioteca Digital de Teses e Dissertações - USP
Location: Universidade de São Paulo. Biblioteca do Instituto de Biociências; IB/M-1361
Abstract

Field surveys are urgently in need due to the continuing loss of natural habitats and resulting populational decline and local species extinction. Herpetofaunal surveys are essential to improve our understanding of biogeographical issues concerning this group, and to delineate effective conservation strategies to preserve the evolutionary potential of existing lineages. The knowledge of amphibian and reptile biology and diversity in Brazil, and particulary in the state of São Paulo, is still unsatisfactory. Additionally, a significative portion of the remaining natural areas of this state have been poorly studied. This study aims to determine species composition of anuran, lizard and snake communities from the biological reserve known as Mosaico de Unidades de Conservação do Jacupiranga (SP), and it is based on data collected in two localities as well as on records of museum specimens. As a result, a list with 39 anurans, 1 amphisbaenian, 9 lizards and 39 snakes was produced for the Mosaico. The specimens of anurans recorded during the study were used to analyze sampling effectiveness. This analysis indicated a high probability that all species composing the local community were actually registered. The data of anurans collected in pitfall traps were also used to compare the different environments sampled. The tests showed significant differences among secondary environments, modified by human activities, and mature forests. The same tests could not be done with reptiles due to the small samples captured in pitfall traps. The anuran, lizard and snake assemblages of the Mosaico were compared with other localities assemblages based on data from the literature... (AU)

FAPESP's process: 04/10714-1 - Survey of the herpetofauna in a locality of Atlantic Rainforest: the State Park of Jacupiranga (SP)
Grantee:Eleonora Aguiar de Domenico
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master