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Human-modified landscape acts as refuge for mammals in Atlantic Forest

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de Abreu Bovo, Alex Augusto [1] ; Magioli, Marcelo [1] ; Percequillo, Alexandre Reis [1] ; Kruszynski, Cecilia [2, 3] ; Alberici, Vinicius [1] ; Mello, Marco A. R. [4] ; Correa, Lidiani Silva [1] ; Zecchini Gebin, Joao Carlos [1] ; Gomes Ribeiro, Yuri Geraldo [1] ; Costa, Francisco Borges [5] ; Ramos, Vanessa Nascimento [5] ; Benatti, Hector Ribeiro [5] ; Lopes, Beatriz [1] ; Martins, Masa Z. A. [1] ; Diniz-Reis, Thais Rovere [2] ; de Camargo, Plnio Barbosa [6] ; Labruna, Marcelo Bahia ; Micchi de Barros Ferraz, Katia Maria Paschoaletto [1]
Total Authors: 18
Affiliation:
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Escola Super Agr Luiz de Queiroz, Dept Ciencias Florestais, Lab Ecol Manejo & Conservacao Fauna Silvestre, Av Padua Dias 11, BR-13418900 Piracicaba, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Ctr Energia Nucl Agr, Piracicaba, SP - Brazil
[3] Leibniz Inst Zoo & Wildtierforsch eV, Berlin - Germany
[4] Univ Fed Minas Gerais Biol Geral, Belo Horizonte, MG - Brazil
[5] Univ Sao Paulo, Fac Med Vet & Zootecnia, Dept Med Vet Prevent & Saude Anim, Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[6] Univ Sao Paulo, CENA, Lab Ecol Isotop, Piracicaba, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 6
Document type: Journal article
Source: Biota Neotropica; v. 18, n. 2 2018.
Web of Science Citations: 5
Abstract

Human-modified landscapes (HMLs) are composed by small, isolated and defaunated forest fragments, which are surrounded by agricultural and urban areas. Information on species that thrives in these HMLs is essential to direct conservation strategies in local and regional scales. Since HMLs are dominant in the Atlantic Forest, we aimed to assess the mammalian diversity in a HML in southeastern Brazil and to propose conservation strategies. We collected data of terrestrial (small-, medium-and large-sized) and volant mammals in three small forest fragments (10, 14 and 26 ha) and adjacent areas, between 2003 and 2016, using complementary methods: active search, camera trapping, live-traps, mist nets and occasional records (i.e., roadkills). In addition, we used secondary data to complement our species list. We recorded 35 native mammal species (6 small-sized, 16 medium- and large-sized, and 13 bats) and seven exotic species in the HML. The recorded mammal assemblage (non-volant and volant), although mainly composed of common and generalist species, includes three medium-and large-sized species nationally threatened (Leopardus guttulus, Puma concolor and Puma yagouaroundi) and two data deficient species (Galictis cuja and Histiotus velatus), highlighting the importance of this HML for the maintenance and conservation of mammal populations. Despite highly impacted by anthropogenic disturbances, the study area harbors a significant richness of medium-and large-sized mammals, being an important biodiversity refuge in the region. However, this biodiversity is threatened by the low quality of the habitats, roadkills and abundant populations of domestic cats and dogs. Therefore, we stress the need of conservation strategies focusing on the medium-and large-sized mammals as an umbrella group, which could benefit all biodiversity in the landscape. We recommend actions that promotes biological restoration, aiming to increase structural composition and connectivity of the forest fragments, reducing roadkills and controlling the domestic cats and dogs' populations, in order to maintain and improve the diversity of mammals in long-term. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/09300-0 - Trophic ecology, functional diversity and occurrence of terrestrial mammals in the Atlantic Forest
Grantee:Katia Maria Paschoaletto Micchi de Barros Ferraz
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 13/18046-7 - Capybaras, ticks, and spotted fever
Grantee:Marcelo Bahia Labruna
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 09/16009-1 - Systematics, evolution and diversification of the subfamily Sigmodontinae in South America: the tribe Oryzomyini
Grantee:Alexandre Reis Percequillo
Support type: Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants
FAPESP's process: 14/10192-7 - Trophic ecology of carnivorous mammals of the Atlantic Forest: use of stable isotope and functional diversity for conservation
Grantee:Marcelo Magioli
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 14/23809-2 - Functional changes in frugivorous bird assemblages along a fragmentation gradient
Grantee:Alex Augusto de Abreu Bovo
Support type: Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
FAPESP's process: 13/24929-9 - Bird assemblages as indicator of forest quality
Grantee:Alex Augusto de Abreu Bovo
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master