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Genetic and phenotypic divergence in Brachycephalus (Anura: Brachycephalidae)

Grant number: 16/16871-9
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): November 25, 2016
Effective date (End): May 24, 2017
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal researcher:Célio Fernando Baptista Haddad
Grantee:Thais Helena Condez
Supervisor abroad: Kelly Raquel Zamudio
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil
Research place: Cornell University, United States  
Associated to the scholarship:15/00641-1 - Patterns and processes of diversification in genus Brachycephalus Fitzinger, 1826 (Anura: Brachycephalidae), BP.PD


The genus Brachycephalus currently comprises 30 species endemic to the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Due to the small adult body size and the narrow environmental tolerance, most of the species within this genus exhibits restricted distribution associated with mountain slopes and are supposed to evolve through allopatric speciation. In addition to the barriers represented by mountain ranges and valleys, the gradient of climatic and ecological conditions in montane regions can represent important barriers involved in the interruption of gene flow and population divergence. With the information available so far, the Brachycephalus diversification should occur in distinct ways in lowlands and high-elevation sites, as well as in the tropical and subtropical Atlantic Forest conditions. Herein, we propose to focus on the genetic and phenotypic divergences in Brachycephalus populations along their spatial and altitudinal distributions. We intend to work on phylogenetic comparative methods, landscape analyses, and learn new molecular techniques of next-generation sequencing to improve our knowledge about the evolutionary history of this toadlets. (AU)

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(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)
CONDEZ, THAIS H.; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; ZAMUDIO, KELLY R.. Historical biogeography and multi-trait evolution in miniature toadlets of the genus Brachycephalus (Anura: Brachycephalidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, v. 129, n. 3, p. 664-686, . (15/00641-1, 16/16871-9, 13/50741-7, 14/50342-8)
DE CARLI MONTEIRO, JULIANE PETRY; CONDEZ, THAIS HELENA; DE ANCHIETTA GARCIA, PAULO CHRISTIANO; BAPTISTA HADDAD, CELIO FERNANDO. The advertisement calls of two species of Brachycephalus (Anura: Brachycephalidae) from southern Atlantic Forest, Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 4415, n. 1, p. 183-188, . (13/50741-7, 15/00641-1, 16/16871-9, 14/50342-8)
CONDEZ, THAIS HELENA; DE CARLI MONTEIRO, JULIANE PETRY; BAPTISTA HADDAD, CELIO FERNANDO. Comments on the current taxonomy of Brachycephalus (Anura: Brachycephalidae). Zootaxa, v. 4290, n. 2, p. 395-400, . (13/50741-7, 15/00641-1, 16/16871-9, 14/50342-8)

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