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The similarity in microhabitat use by tadpoles (Amphibia, Anura) reflects phylogenetic or ecological processes?

Grant number: 12/09243-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2012
Effective date (End): February 28, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Theoretical Ecology
Principal Investigator:Denise de Cerqueira Rossa-Feres
Grantee:Lilian Sayuri Ouchi de Melo
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas (IBILCE). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São José do Rio Preto. São José do Rio Preto , SP, Brazil

Abstract

The morphological differences between species may or may not be associated with the action of environmental and biological pressures, allowing to investigate whether the phenotypic properties and patterns of resource use are associated with the evolutionary history of species. In this study I will analyze the occurrence and abundance of tadpoles in inside of water bodies microhabitats in the Atlantic Rainforest, seeking to answer the following questions: (1) The microhabitat structural complexity can influence the composition and species richness? (2) The ecology and evolutionary history determine the co-occurrence of species in the same microhabitat? (3) What is the influence of microhabitat and evolutionary history in the tadpoles's morphology? The database was obtained from monthly samplings carried out from September 2011 to March 2012 in 14 water bodies, seven lentic and seven lotic. We sampled a minimum of four microhabitats by water body, characterized by five variables: maximum depth, distance from the nearest edge, substratum type, percentage of vegetation cover on the water surface and percentage of vegetation types. To evaluate the influence of environmental heterogeneity on species richness and abundance will be used Hierarchical Partition. To determine the phylogenetic structure of the community in microhabitas will be used an analysis that relates the phylogenetic distance between species with the co-occurrence in microhabitats. To elucidate the influence of historical factors (phylogeny) and environmental (microhabitat use) on the morphology of tadpoles will be implemented the analysis of phylogenetic eigenvectors regression.

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Scientific publications (5)
(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)
GAREY, V, MICHEL; PROVETE, DIOGO B.; OUCHI-MELO, LILIAN S.; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; ROSSA-FERES, DENISE DE C.. The Larva and Advertisement Call of Bokermannohyla ahenea (Anura: Hylidae). South American Journal of Herpetology, v. 17, n. 1, p. 1-16, . (13/50741-7, 10/52321-7, 13/26101-8, 08/50928-1, 12/09243-0, 16/13949-7)
OUCHI DE MELO, LILIAN SAYURI; GONCALVES-SOUZA, THIAGO; GAREY, MICHEL VARAJAO; DE CERQUEIRA, DENISE. Tadpole species richness within lentic and lotic microhabitats: an interactive influence of environmental and spatial factors. HERPETOLOGICAL JOURNAL, v. 27, n. 4, p. 339-345, . (13/26101-8, 12/09243-0, 10/52321-7)
JORDANI, MAINARA XAVIER; OUCHI DE MELO, LILIAN SAYURI; QUEIROZ, CASSIA DE SOUZA; ROSSA-FERES, DENISE DE CERQUEIRA; GAREY, MICHEL VARAJAO. Tadpole community structure in lentic and lotic habitats: richness and diversity in the Atlantic Rainforest lowland. HERPETOLOGICAL JOURNAL, v. 27, n. 3, p. 299-306, . (10/52321-7, 11/05603-0, 13/26406-3, 13/26101-8, 12/09243-0)
PROVETE, DIOGO B.; MELO, LILIAN S. O.; GAREY, MICHEL V.; GOMES, FELIPE B. R.; MARTINS, ITAMAR A.; ROSSA-FERES, DENISE C.. LARVAE OF PROCERATOPHRYS MELANOPOGON (AMPHIBIA: ANURA), WITH EMPHASIS ON INTERNAL ORAL MORPHOLOGY AND COMPARISONS WITH P. CURURU AND P. MORATOI. Herpetologica, v. 69, n. 2, p. 163-174, . (01/13341-3, 12/09243-0, 10/52321-7)
PROVETE, DIOGO B.; GUIMARAES, CARLA S.; MELO, LILIAN S. O.; ROSSA-FERES, DENISE DE C.. Tadpole of Proceratophrys mantiqueira (Anura: Odontophrynidae), with a Description of Its Internal Oral Features. Copeia, v. 105, n. 1, p. 46-52, . (13/26101-8, 12/09243-0, 10/52321-7)
Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
MELO, Lilian Sayuri Ouchi de. A similaridade no uso do microhabitat por girinos (Amphibia, Anura) reflete processos ecológicos ou filogenéticos?. 2014. Master's Dissertation - Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp). Instituto de Biociências Letras e Ciências Exatas. São José do Rio Preto São José do Rio Preto.

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