Anurans of a threatened savanna area in western Brazil


  • José Luiz Massao Moreira Sugai Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul
  • Juliana de Souza Terra Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul
  • Vanda Lúcia Ferreira Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde


Amphibia, veredas, Upper Taquari River sub-basin, biological inventories, environmental degradation


The Upper Paraguay River Basin is located in the center of South America and harbors one of the largest wetland in the world, known as Pantanal. This floodplain is surrounded by uplands, which presently have most of their area converted into pastures or monocultures, besides being poorly known scientifically. Also, most of these upland areas are considered conservation priorities. Here we present a list of anuran species from a savanna-like area (municipality of Camapuã, state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil) inserted in the uplands surrounding the Pantanal floodplain, in the Upper Taquari River sub-basin, and evaluate the effectiveness of the sampling effort. Data were obtained through active searches in 22 plots in aquatic habitats, during the rainy season (from December 2009 to April 2010). We found 26 species, in four families. Although sampling effort was found to sufficiently represent the local anuran assemblage, future inventories in this region should ideally include samplings during the dry and early rainy seasons, and include both active and passive capturing methods.




How to Cite

Sugai, J. L. M. M., Terra, J. de S., & Ferreira, V. L. (2014). Anurans of a threatened savanna area in western Brazil. Biota Neotropica, 14(1). Retrieved from //