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Faunistic analysis of Saturniidae (Insecta, Lepidoptera) in a fragment of Atlantic Forest of São Paulo, Brazil

Grant number: 12/02441-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2012
Effective date (End): April 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Applied Zoology
Principal Investigator:Marcelo Duarte da Silva
Grantee:Fabiano Fabian Albertoni
Host Institution: Museu de Zoologia (MZ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This project aims to analyze the composition and community structure of the saturnids from the Biological Station of Boracéia, comparing with the assemblage of Lepidoptera sampled in 1948 and 1949, as part of the environmental monitoring on the rapid urbanization in the vicinity of the reserve. The expansion of human activities, especially in the last century, has exerted strong pressure on the natural conservation areas, with severe reduction of biological diversity. Some case studies have shown that the weak link that causes loss of insect diversity is the destruction of their habitats, and even intensive collecting should not cause a risk to the well-established populations of insects. In light of this finding, there is currently a need to monitor these environments so that timely intervention is possible, where human activities endanger the balance that is observed here. Some authors point out that the choice of organism groups to act in environmental monitoring can be focused taxonomically or functionally. In the first case, one monitors the presence / absence or the relative abundance of all members of a particular taxonomic group, being Saturniidae a suitable group for this evaluation. The study proposed here should also aid the development of a possible guide to the species of Saturniidae of the state of Sao Paulo and in making a catalog for them.

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Scientific publications (13)
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ALBERTONI, FABIANO F.; STEINER, JOSEFINA; ZILLIKENS, ANNE. The associated beetle fauna of Hohenbergia augusta and Vriesea friburgensis (Bromeliaceae) in southern Brazil. Journal of Natural History, v. 50, n. 47-48, p. 2917-2939, . (12/02441-1)
MORAES, SIMEAO S.; ALBERTONI, FABIANO F.; MARCONATO, GLAUCIA; DUARTE, MARCELO. Comparative morphology of the last instar and pupa of Scolecocampa medara (Schaus) (Lepidoptera, Erebidae), with redescription of the adult. ZOOLOGISCHER ANZEIGER, v. 260, p. 45-56, . (12/02441-1, 12/18311-0, 11/50225-3)
ALBERTONI, FABIANO FABIAN; FIKACEK, MARTIN. A new bromeliad-inhabiting species of Omicrus Sharp from South Brazil (Coleoptera, Hydrophylidae, Sphaeridiinae). SPIXIANA, v. 37, n. 1, p. 111-122, . (12/02441-1)
SÔNIA A. CASARI; FABIANO F. ALBERTONI. First instar larva of Atractocerus brasiliensis (Lepeletier & Audinet-Serville, 1825) (Lymexylidae, Atractocerinae). Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia (São Paulo), v. 53, n. 27, p. 359-372, . (12/02441-1)
ALBERTONI, FABIANO F.; MIELKE, CARLOS G. C.; DUARTE, MARCELO. Saturniid moths (Lepidoptera: Bombycoidea) from an Atlantic Rain Forest fragment in southeastern Brazil. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, v. 90, n. 3, p. 2827-2844, . (12/02441-1)
FALASCHI, RAFAELA LOPES; ALBERTONI, FABIANO FABIAN; FUSARI, LIVIA MARIA. A new species of Forcipomyia (Microhelea) Meigen (Insecta: Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) from the Neotropical region. Zootaxa, v. 3878, n. 4, p. 379-389, . (13/16524-9, 12/02441-1)
FABIANO F. ALBERTONI; JUARES FUHRMANN; SERGIO IDE. Lagochile emarginata (Gyllenhal): morphology of immature and imago, and biological records (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Rutelinae). Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, v. 58, n. 1, p. 32-46, . (12/02441-1, 11/20001-6)
CLARKSON, BRUNO; ALBERTONI, FABIANO FABIAN; FIKACEK, MARTIN. Taxonomy and biology of the bromeliad-inhabiting genus Lachnodacnum (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Sphaeridiinae). ACTA ENTOMOLOGICA MUSEI NATIONALIS PRAGAE, v. 54, n. 1, p. 157-194, . (12/02441-1)

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