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Evaluation, recovering and conservation of endangered animal species from the Pernambuco Centre of Endemism

Grant number: 17/23548-2
Support type:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: March 01, 2019 - May 31, 2024
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal researcher:Luís Fábio Silveira
Grantee:Luís Fábio Silveira
Home Institution: Museu de Zoologia (MZ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Pesquisadores principais:
Mercival Roberto Francisco ; Pedro Manoel Galetti Junior
Assoc. researchers:Ana Paula Carmignotto ; Hylio Laganá Fernandes ; José Maurício Barbanti Duarte ; Marco Aurelio Pizo Ferreira ; Mauro Galetti Rodrigues ; Patrícia Domingues de Freitas ; Ricardo Jose Garcia Pereira
Associated scholarship(s):20/16065-8 - Learning from the past to predict the future: inferring responses of the Pernambuco Center of Endemism (PCE) avifauna to climate changes with comparative phylogeography and species distribution models, BP.PD
20/13489-1 - Landscape genetics in areas of the Center of Endemism Pernambuco (CEP), BP.PD
20/07619-0 - Past, present and future of habitat use and diet of birds in the face of anthropogenic impacts in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil, BP.DR
20/10339-9 - Seed rain and limitation of plant recruitment in fragments of Northeast Atlantic Forest, BP.PD
20/02570-2 - Terrestrial mammals of Pernambuco endemism center as indicators of environmental integrity, BP.PD
20/07690-6 - Taxonomy and biogeography of Myrmoderus ruficauda (Aves, Passeriformes, Thamnophilidae) based on morphological, vocal and molecular characters, BP.IC
19/26436-6 - Reassessment of mammalian species believed to be locally extinct at the Pernambuco endemism center (CEP) from mixed sample DNA and metabarcoding, BP.PD - associated scholarships


The Atlantic Forest is a hotspot, with high biodiversity levels and a high level of deforestation and degradation. The Pernambuco Centre of Endemism (PCE), originally distributed in northern São Francisco River, in the states of Paraíba, Alagoas, and Pernambuco is today the most endangered Atlantic Forest region and one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world, as only small and isolated habitat fragments have remained. On the other hand, this is also the less studied Atlantic Forest region. While four bird species have been recognized as extinct in the last few years, a number of recently discovered bird species are still being described, indicating that soon science will miss the opportunity to know a number of undescribed taxa, and it will be too late to invest in the conservation of the endangered species. The lack of knowledge regards not only to the composition of the biodiversity, but also to ''where'' and ''why'' they are concentrated. Then, in this proposal our challenges are: 1) to improve the knowledge on the taxonomy of birds and mammals from the PCE, most of which can be lost before scientific recordings; 2) to improve the knowledge on the parameters that affect the distribution and persistence of the organisms, focusing on Alagoas state; 3) to use this knowledge to propose and to apply conservation management practices, and 4) to implement a program of scientific divulgation to the general public about the importance of the PCE and of the researches proposed here. (AU)

Articles published in Pesquisa FAPESP Magazine about the research grant:
The colors and songs of evolution 
Colores y cantos de la evolución 
Where birds came from 
Dónde surgieron los pájaros 
De regreso al Bosque Atlántico 
A comeback in the Atlantic Forest 
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Scientific publications (7)
(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)
DICKENS, JEREMY KENNETH; BITTON, PIERRE-PAUL; BRAVO, GUSTAVO A.; SILVEIRA, LUIS FABIO. Species limits, patterns of secondary contact and a new species in the Trogon rufus complex (Aves: Trogonidae). ZOOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY, v. 193, n. 2, p. 499-540, OCT 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
LEES, ALEXANDER C.; DEVENISH, CHRISTIAN; ARETA, JUAN IGNACIO; DE ARAUJO, CARLOS BARROS; KELLER, CARLOS; PHALAN, BEN; SILVEIRA, LUIS FABIO. Assessing the Extinction Probability of the Purple-winged Ground Dove, an Enigmatic Bamboo Specialist. FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, v. 9, APR 29 2021. Web of Science Citations: 1.
GOMES, VICTOR; SILVEIRA, LUIS FABIO. On the validity and taxonomic status of Crypturellus obsoletus griseiventris (Salvadori, 1895) and C. o. hypochraceus (Miranda-Ribeiro, 1938) (Aves, Tinamidae). Zootaxa, v. 4951, n. 2, p. 321-341, APR 6 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
BOCALINI, FERNANDA; BOLIVAR-LEGUIZAMON, SERGIO D.; SILVEIRA, LUIS F.; BRAVO, GUSTAVO A. Comparative phylogeographic and demographic analyses reveal a congruent pattern of sister relationships between bird populations of the northern and south-central Atlantic Forest. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 154, JAN 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
CORBETT, EAMON C.; BRAVO, GUSTAVO A.; SCHUNCK, FABIO; NAKA, LUCIANO N.; SILVEIRA, LUIS F.; EDWARDS, SCOTT V. Evidence for the Pleistocene Arc Hypothesis from genome-wide SNPs in a Neotropical dry forest specialist, the Rufous-fronted Thornbird (Furnariidae:Phacellodomus rufifrons). Molecular Ecology, v. 29, n. 22, p. 4457-4472, NOV 2020. Web of Science Citations: 1.
BOLIVAR-LEGUIZAMON, SERGIO D.; SILVEIRA, LUIS F.; DERRYBERRY, ELIZABETH P.; BRUMFIELD, ROBB T.; BRAVO, GUSTAVO A. Phylogeography of the Variable Antshrike (Thamnophilus caerulescens), a South American passerine distributed along multiple environmental gradients. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 148, JUL 2020. Web of Science Citations: 1.
GLAUCO ALVES PEREIRA; HELDER FARIAS PEREIRA DE ARAÚJO; SEVERINO MENDES DE AZEVEDO JÚNIOR; CÍNTIA CAMILA SILVA ANGELIERI; LUÍS FÁBIO SILVEIRA. Distribution, threats and conservation of the White-collared Kite (Leptodon forbesi, Accipitridae), the most threatened raptor in the Neotropics. Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia (São Paulo), v. 59, p. -, 2019.

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