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Feeding habits of Pontoporia blainvillei (Gervais & D'Orbigny, 1844) and Sotalia guianensis (van Beneden, 1864)on São Paulo State Coast

Grant number: 09/06919-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2009
Effective date (End): July 31, 2011
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems Ecology
Principal Investigator:Sérgio Rosso
Grantee:Barbara Henning Silva
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The aim of this project is to study the feeding habits of Sotalia guianensis and Pontoporia blainvillei on São Paulo State coast accidentally caught in gill-net fisheries. Since 1999 the NGO BioPesca recovers cetacean specimens from incidental catches on the São Paulo State coast, biological samples are collected for several scientific studies, mainlu from the cities of Ubatuba, Guarujá, Praia Grande, Mongaguá e Itanhaém. The stomachs contents of these animals will be identified and analyzed to clarify the feeding habits of these species in that area. The present proposal will address recommendations proposed by local and international organizations and scientists to improve the conservation status of both species colaborating with the necessary information for a future mangment plan.

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(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
SILVA, Barbara Henning. Feeding ecology of franciscana dolphin Pontoporia blainvillei (Cetacea). 2011. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Instituto de Biociências (IBIOC/SB) São Paulo.

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