Vol 9 Num 1




Herpetofauna of the Atlantic Forest remnants of Tapiraí and Piedade region, São Paulo state, southeastern Brazil

Thais Helena Condez

Instituto Butantan
Laboratório Especial de Ecologia e Evolução, Instituto Butantan, Av. Dr. Vital Brazil 1500, 05503-900 São Paulo SP, Brasil
email: thacondez@yahoo.com.br

Ricardo J. Sawaya

Instituto Butantan
Laboratório Especial de Ecologia e Evolução, Instituto Butantan, Av. Dr. Vital Brazil 1500, 05503-900 São Paulo SP, Brasil
Marianna Dixo

Universidade de São Paulo
Departamento de Ecologia, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade de São Paulo, Rua do Matão, 321, travessa 14, 05508-900 São Paulo SP, Brasil

keywords
frogs, reptiles, diversity, Atlantic Forest, conservation, Parque Estadual do Jurupará

publication date: 02-11-2009





Abstract
We present the species list of amphibians and reptiles registered in continuous and fragmented Atlantic Forest remnants at Tapiraí and Piedade municipalities, Atlantic Plateau of São Paulo, Brazil. We sampled 21 localities, 15 located within unprotetcted forest fragments and six located at Parque Estadual do Jurupará, the single legal protected area in this region and surroundings. We recorded 47 anurans, one gymnophiona, seven lizards, one amphisbenian, 46 snakes and one tortoise. The specimes were captured by pitfall traps with drift fences, visual and auditive surveys, incidental encounters, local collectors and, for snakes, by consulting scientific collection records. Sampling methods were effective in documenting local herpetofauna, showing the adequacy of the use of complementary methods. Forest remnants at Tapiraí and Piedade have typical species of Atlantic Forest areas, and show higher species richness in comparison with other lists in the Atlantic Plateau. The presence of species known from few localities, or present in threatened species lists, shows that the Atlantic Forest remnants in this region need conservation attention. Although still harboring high herpetofaunal diversity, the remnants are threatened by the effects of forest fragmentation.

how to quote this paper
Condez, T. H, Sawaya, R. J. and Dixo, M. Herpetofauna of the Atlantic Forest remnants of Tapiraí and Piedade region, São Paulo state, southeastern Brazil.Biota Neotrop.  Jan/Mar 2008 vol. 9, no. 1 http://www.biotaneotropica.org.br/v8n4/en/abstract?article+bn01809012009 ISSN 1676-0603.



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Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, CNPq
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