Herpetofauna of protected areas in the Caatinga III: The Catimbau National Park, Pernambuco, Brazil
Keywords:Amphibians, reptiles, inventory, northeast Brazil
AbstractDespite the increase in herpetofaunal inventories in the Caatinga biome, information for many areas is still lacking and new surveys are required. We conducted a 30-day inventory of the herpetofauna of the Catimbau National Park, Pernambuco State, Brazil. Thirty-seven pitfall trap arrays composed of 4 buckets each, along with glue traps and active searches were used to sample local herpetofaunal diversity. We recorded 21 species of frogs, 25 lizards, 11 snakes, and 1 chelonian. All sampling methods contributed significantly to achieve the amphibian and reptile diversity recovered in the inventory. Rarefaction curves and richness estimators suggest that local biodiversity is still underestimated. We attempted to show the great potential of Catimbau National Park, characterized by the richest herpetofauna surveyed in a core region of the biome, along with the presence of endemic species such as the worm snake Amphisbaena supranumeraria and the limbless lizard Scriptosaura catimbau, underscoring the importance of the area for the conservation and maintenance of the Caatinga herpetofauna biodiversity.
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Pedrosa, I. M. M. de C., Costa, T. B., Faria, R. G., França, F. G. R., Laranjeiras, D. O., Oliveira, T. C. S. P. de, Palmeira, C. N. S., Torquato, S., Mott, T., Vieira, G. H. C., & Garda, A. A. (2014). Herpetofauna of protected areas in the Caatinga III: The Catimbau National Park, Pernambuco, Brazil. Biota Neotropica, 14(4). Retrieved from //www.biotaneotropica.org.br/BN/article/view/1151