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Challenges to the conservation of amphibians and squamate reptiles, with emphasis on the Brazilian fauna: from basic information to conservation actions

Grant number: 20/12658-4
Support Opportunities:BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Thematic Grants
Duration: May 01, 2021 - April 30, 2026
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Applied Ecology
Principal Investigator:Marcio Roberto Costa Martins
Grantee:Marcio Roberto Costa Martins
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Pesquisadores principais:
Otavio Augusto Vuolo Marques ; Ricardo Jannini Sawaya
Associated researchers:ALEXANDRO MARQUES TOZETTI ; Ana Paula Carmignotto ; Bianca von Muller Berneck ; Bruno Ferreto Fiorillo ; Carlos Eduardo Guidorizzi de Carvalho ; Carlos Roberto Abrahão ; Célio Fernando Baptista Haddad ; Cristiano de Campos Nogueira ; Filipe Alexandre Cabreirinha Serrano ; Gabriella Neves Leal Santos ; Harvey B Lillywhite ; Itamar Alves Martins ; João Paulo dos Santos Vieira de Alencar ; Juan Camilo Diaz Ricaurte ; Karina Rodrigues da Silva Banci ; Lara Gomes Côrtes ; Laura Rodrigues Vieira de Alencar ; Leandro Reverberi Tambosi ; Mariana Morais Vidal ; Monika Bohm ; Paula Hanna Valdujo ; Paulo Durães Pereira Pinheiro ; Paulo Roberto Guimarães Junior ; Paulo Sergio Bernarde ; Rogério Pereira Bastos ; Selma Maria de Almeida Santos ; Vanessa Kruth Verdade ; Xavier Andre Philippe Glaudas ; Yeda Soares de Lucena Bataus
Associated research grant:18/14091-1 - Effects of habitat disturbance on communities of amphibians and squamate reptiles: subsidies for management programs, species conservation assessments and conservation action plans, AP.R
Associated scholarship(s):23/13039-4 - Dissemination of scientific knowledge about Squamata amphibians and reptiles and their importance for conservationsem, BP.TT
23/06999-1 - Drivers of vulnerability to extinction of Brazilian amphibians: insights for conservation, BP.PD
23/06268-7 - Does the replacement of native forest with eucalyptus plantations influences the structure of anuran-prey trophic networks?, BP.IC
+ associated scholarships 23/07014-9 - How effective is the Brazilian protected areas network in relation to snake conservation?, BP.PD
22/05543-1 - Biogeography, diversification, and evolution of snakes in the Neotropical region, BP.DR
21/10402-5 - Movement ecology of the Atlantic forest jararacas, BP.DR
21/13323-9 - Evolution of ploidy in amphibians, BP.IC
21/11877-7 - Filling knowledge gaps for Brazilian amphibian and reptiles: contributions to conservation, BP.TT - associated scholarships


Brazil has about 2,000 species of amphibians and reptiles, several of which are endangered, which entails an enormous responsibility for our Country to conserve them. In this project, as a way to contribute to the conservation of amphibians and squamate reptiles, with an emphasis on Brazil, we will develop, in close collaboration with the National Center for Research and Conservation of Reptiles and Amphibians (RAN-ICMBio), research and other activities aimed at (1) obtaining basic data on populations, species and communities; (2) exploring processes potentially responsible for diversity patterns; (3) diagnosing vulnerabilities and threats, knowledge gaps and conservation gaps; and (4) detecting priority areas for conservation. In addition, we will develop actions to disseminate knowledge obtained during this project. All the results of this project will be shared with the RAN-ICMBio, so that they can be used in activities related to conservation. This project represents a broad, highly collaborative partnership between a group of academic specialists in amphibians and reptiles and/or with great experience in conservation biology, and the Brazilian public agency responsible for the production of lists of threatened species and for the elaboration and implementation of conservation action plans for amphibians and reptiles, the RAN-ICMBio. Thus, it can be predicted that this unprecedented partnership will contribute effectively to the conservation of Brazilian amphibians and squamate reptiles. Another aspect that makes this proposal unique is that it integrates several conservation approaches at the same time, including diagnoses, planning and actions, concentrated in two megadiverse taxonomic groups in the Neotropical Region. (AU)

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Scientific publications (13)
(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)
KHOURI, REBECA STELLA; FIORILLO, BRUNO FERRETO; BRAZ, HENRIQUE BARTOLOMEU; MACIEL, JORGE HENRY; ALMEIDA-SANTOS, SELMA MARIA; MARTINS, MARCIO. Reproductive ecology of the Amaral's Blind Snake Trilepida koppesi in an area of Cerrado in south-eastern Brazil. HERPETOLOGICAL JOURNAL, v. 32, n. 2, p. 5-pg., . (18/14091-1, 13/50741-7, 20/12658-4)
DA MOTTA PORTILLO, JOSE THALES; BARBO, FAUSTO ERRITTO; SAWAYA, RICARDO J.. Climatic niche breadths of the Atlantic Forest snakes do not increase with increasing latitude. CURRENT ZOOLOGY, v. 68, n. 5, p. 6-pg., . (20/12658-4, 14/23677-9)
COX, NEIL; YOUNG, BRUCE E.; BOWLES, PHILIP; FERNANDEZ, MIGUEL; MARIN, JULIE; RAPACCIUOLO, GIOVANNI; BOHM, MONIKA; BROOKS, THOMAS M.; HEDGES, S. BLAIR; HILTON-TAYLOR, CRAIG; et al. A global reptile assessment highlights shared conservation needs of tetrapods. Nature, v. 605, n. 7909, p. 21-pg., . (20/12658-4, 15/20215-7)
NOVAES-E-FAGUNDES, GABRIEL; LYRA, MARIANA L.; LOREDAM, VINICIUS S. A.; CARVALHO, THIAGO R.; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL T.; BALDO, DIEGO; BARRASSO, DIEGO A.; LOEBMANN, DANIEL; AVILA, ROBSON W.; et al. A tale of two bellies: systematics of the oval frogs (Anura: Microhylidae: Elachistocleis Parker, 1927). ZOOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY, v. N/A, p. 24-pg., . (20/12658-4, 11/50146-6)
VIEIRA-ALENCAR, JOAO PAULO S.; BOLOCHIO, BRUNA E.; CARMIGNOTTO, ANA PAULA; SAWAYA, RICARDO J.; SILVEIRA, LUIS FABIO; VALDUJO, PAULA HANNA; NOGUEIRA, CRISTIANO DE CAMPOS; NORI, JAVIER. How habitat loss and fragmentation are reducing conservation opportunities for vertebrates in the most threatened savanna of the World. PERSPECTIVES IN ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION, v. 21, n. 2, p. 7-pg., . (98/05075-7, 17/23548-2, 02/00015-3, 11/20022-3, 20/12658-4, 00/06642-4, 16/09734-5, 15/20215-7, 07/51956-6)
FIORILLO, BRUNO F. F.; FAGGIONI, GABRIEL PAGANINI; CEREZER, FELIPE OSMARI; BECKER, C. GUILHERME; DIAZ-RICAURTE, JUAN C.; MARTINS, MARCIO. Effects of environmental factors on the ecology and survival of a widespread, endemic Cerrado frog. Biotropica, v. 55, n. 2, p. 12-pg., . (20/12658-4, 18/14091-1, 15/21259-8)
LURIA-MANZANO, RICARDO; PINHEIRO, PAULO D. P.; KOHLSDORF, TIANA; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; MARTINS, MARCIO. Evolution of territoriality in Hylinae treefrogs: Ecological and morphological correlates and lineage diversification. JOURNAL OF EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, v. 36, n. 8, p. 12-pg., . (20/12658-4, 18/18473-6, 20/10189-7, 21/13764-5)
FIORILLO, BRUNO F.; MACIEL, JORGE HENRY; MARTINS, MARCIO. Composition and natural history of a snake community from the southern Cerrado, southeastern Brazil. ZOOKEYS, n. 1056, p. 95-147, . (20/12658-4, 15/21259-8)
GALETTI, MAURO; CARMIGNOTTO, ANA PAULA; PERCEQUILLO, ALEXANDRE R.; SANTOS, MARCOS C. DE O.; DE BARROS FERRAZ, KATIA MARIA P. M.; LIMA, FERNANDO; VANCINE, MAURICIO H.; MUYLAERT, RENATA L.; GONCALVES BONFIM, FERNANDO CESAR; MAGIOLI, MARCELO; et al. Mammals in Sao Paulo State: diversity, distribution, ecology, and conservation. Biota Neotropica, v. 22, p. 11-pg., . (21/10195-0, 20/12658-4, 13/19377-7, 21/08534-0, 15/21259-8, 18/16662-6, 19/20525-7, 11/22449-4, 15/17739-4, 16/19106-1, 12/04096-0, 14/10192-7, 18/50038-8, 20/01779-5, 17/23548-2, 11/20022-3, 10/52315-7, 14/01986-0, 08/03099-0, 18/14091-1, 14/09300-0, 13/50421-2)
SERVINO, LEONARDO MATHEUS; VERDADE, VANESSA KRUTH; SAWAYA, RICARDO J.. For neither heat nor water conservation: Body size variation in Atlantic Forest frogs does not follow a general mechanism. Journal of Biogeography, v. 49, n. 3, p. 9-pg., . (20/12658-4, 14/23677-9)
OLIVEIRA-DALLAND, LUIS G.; ALENCAR, LAURA R. V.; TAMBOSI, LEANDRO R.; CARRASCO, PAOLA A.; RAUTSAW, RHETT M.; SIGALA-RODRIGUEZ, JESUS; SCROCCHI, GUSTAVO; MARTINS, MARCIO. Conservation gaps for Neotropical vipers: Mismatches between protected areas, species richness and evolutionary distinctiveness. Biological Conservation, v. 275, p. 8-pg., . (20/12658-4, 18/14091-1, 16/14292-1)
MANZANO, MARIA CAROLINA RODELLA; TAKENO, MICHELE FERNANDES; SAWAYA, RICARDO J.. Advertisement calls of 18 anuran species in the megadiverse Atlantic Forest in southeastern Brazil: review and update. Zootaxa, v. 5178, n. 5, p. 20-pg., . (18/04520-2, 19/15218-8, 20/12658-4, 14/23677-9)
SERRANO, FILIPE C.; VIEIRA-ALENCAR, JOAO PAULO DOS SANTOS; DIAZ-RICAURTE, JUAN C.; VALDUJO, PAULA H.; MARTINS, MARCIO; NOGUEIRA, CRISTIANO DE CAMPOS. The Wallacean Shortfall and the role of historical distribution records in the conservation assessment of an elusive Neotropical snake in a threatened landscape. JOURNAL FOR NATURE CONSERVATION, v. 72, p. 8-pg., . (20/12658-4, 15/20215-7)

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