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Snake richness in urban forest fragments from Niteroi and surroundings, state of Rio de Janeiro, southeastern Brazil

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Citeli, Nathalie [1] ; Hamdan, Breno [1, 2] ; Guedes, Thais [3]
Total Authors: 3
[1] Inst Vital Brazil, Lab Colecoes Biol & Biodiversidade, Rua Maestro Jose Botelho 64, BR-24230410 Niteroi, RJ - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Rio de Janeiro, Inst Biol, Dept Genet, Lab Biol Evolut Teor & Aplicada, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
[3] Univ Gothenburg, Dept Biol & Environm Sci, Carl Skottsberg Gata 22B, SE-40530 Gothenburg - Sweden
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Web of Science Citations: 1

Background The Atlantic Forest is a hotspot for biodiversity, an area which houses high species richness and endemism, but with high level of threat. With reference to the herpetofauna, until recently there has been no detailed information regarding diversity of snakes recorded in the Atlantic Forest, the number of endemic species and their distribution ranges. While these basic data were missing, large areas of original forest have continued to be lost to increased urbanization and human population, representing a severe threat to the biodiversity. New information We recorded 28 snake species in our study area. Dipsadidae was the richest family with 14 species, followed by Colubridae (eight species), Boidae (two species), Viperidae (two species), and Anomalepididae, Elapidae and Typhlopidae (one species each). Most species were forest inhabitants (61%), of which 13 are endemic to the Atlantic Forest. There were no clearly defined species clusters regarding species composition. None of the species recorded in Niteroi are listed as threatened in the Brazilian Redlist. However, most of them are strongly associated with forested areas and, perhaps, are not adapted to live in small fragments. Thus, more initiatives should be implemented to evaluate the true conservation status of these species in order to better protect them. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/18837-7 - Unveiling the hidden limits of species clusters: a cross-methodological approach to identify bioregions of neotropical snakes
Grantee:Thaís Barreto Guedes da Costa
Support type: Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
FAPESP's process: 13/04170-8 - Historical biogeography of the snakes from open landscapes in South America
Grantee:Thaís Barreto Guedes da Costa
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate