Integrative overview of the herpetofauna from serra da mocidade, a granitic mountain range in northern Brazil

Leandro J.C.L. Moraes, Alexandre P. De Almeida, Rafael De Fraga, Rommel R. Rojas, Renata M. Pirani, Ariane A.A. Silva, Vinícius T. De Carvalho, Marcelo Gordo, Fernanda P. Werneck

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The Brazilian mountain ranges from the Guiana Shield highlands are largely unexplored, with an understudied herpetofauna. Here the amphibian and reptile species diversity of the remote Serra da Mocidade mountain range, located in extreme northern Brazil, is reported upon, and biogeographical affinities and taxonomic highlights are discussed. A 22-days expedition to this mountain range was undertaken during which specimens were sampled at four distinct altitudinal levels (600, 960, 1,060 and 1,365 m above sea level) using six complementary methods. Specimens were identified through an integrated approach that considered morphological, bioacoustical, and molecular analyses. Fifty-one species (23 amphibians and 28 reptiles) were found, a comparable richness to other mountain ranges in the region. The recorded assemblage showed a mixed compositional influence from assemblages typical of other mountain ranges and lowland forest habitats in the region. Most of the taxa occupying the Serra da Mocidade mountain range are typical of the Guiana Shield or widely distributed in the Amazon. Extensions of known distribution ranges and candidate undescribed taxa are also recorded. This is the first herpetofaunal expedition that accessed the higher altitudinal levels of this mountain range, contributing to the basic knowledge of these groups in remote areas.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)103-159
Número de páginas57
EstadoPublicada - 22 nov. 2017
Publicado de forma externa


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