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Composition and Ecological Aspects of a Snake Assemblage on the Savanna Enclave of the Atlantic Forest of the Guaribas Biological Reserve in Northeastern Brazil

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Rodrigues, Jefter Barbosa [1] ; Alves Gama, Samara Cintia [2] ; Pereira Filho, Gentil Alves [3] ; Rodrigues Franca, Frederico Gustavo [4]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Univ Fed Paraiba, Programa Posgrad Ciencias Biol, Ctr Ciencias Exatas & Nat, Zool, BR-58051900 Joao Pessoa, Paraiba - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Paraiba, Programa Posgrad Engn Ambiental, Ctr Tecnol, BR-58051900 Joao Pessoa, Paraiba - Brazil
[3] Univ Sao Paulo, Museu Zool, BR-04263000 Sao Paulo - Brazil
[4] Univ Fed Paraiba, Dept Engn & Meio Ambiente, Ctr Ciencias Aplicadas & Educ, BR-58297000 Rio Tinto, Paraiba - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: South American Journal of Herpetology; v. 10, n. 3, p. 1-8, DEC 2015.
Web of Science Citations: 1

We studied the composition, richness, abundance, and influence of abiotic factors on the seasonal activity of a snake assemblage at a fragment of savanna enclave (tabuleiro forest) of the Atlantic Forest in northeastern Brazil. The sampling methods used were pitfall traps with drift fences, timed visual encounter survey, donations from local collectors, incidental encounters, and road sampling. We obtained a total of 164 individuals distributed across 29 snake species and six families over 2 years of study. The most frequently encountered species were the two blindsnakes Amerotyphlops paucisquamus and A. brongersmianus and the two false coral snakes Tantilla melanocephala and Oxyrhopus trigeminus. Monthly snake captures were significantly correlated only with the lowest temperatures. Our results show that the study area has a rich diversity of snakes of similar composition to other Brazilian open areas with a dominance of fossorial and cryptozoic species. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/19753-6 - The snake fauna of Paraíba Atlantic Forest: faunistic composition and comparisons between the upland forests and the coastal Atlantic Forest
Grantee:Gentil Alves Pereira Filho
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate