Spatial and temporal distribution in two anuran communities in the Chapada do Araripe, Northeastern Brasil
Keywords:Anurofauna, microhabitat use, seasonality
AbstractIn this study, we report the temporal occurrence and habitat and microhabitat use by anurans in two areas located in one highland marsh (brejo-de-altitude) in northeastern Brazil. Fieldwork was carried out between September 2011 and September 2012. The recorded anurans belong to 14 species distributed in five families: Hylidae (six), Leptodactylidae (five), Bufonidae, Odontophrynidae and Pipidae (one each). Vocalization activity was seasonal and concentrated in the wetter and warmer months, but correlated to rainfall only in the top in the Chapada do Araripe. Richness and abundance of calling anurans were lower in the humid forest of the slope than in Cerradão area in the top of the Chapada do Araripe. Scinax x-signatus vocalized during nine months, and along with Dendropsophus soaresi, Phyllomedusa nordestina and Physalaemus cuvieri presented the longest periods of vocalization with the highest number of species vocalizing in at the height of the rainy season. Males were recorded vocalizing in nine different microhabitats, Adenomera sp. uses leaf litter and P. cuvieri the edge of water bodies as calling site both two sampled areas. Differences in richness and abundance of anurans between the two habitats are probably due to physical characteristics, such as presence of lentic environments.
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Ferreira-Silva, C., Oliveira, D. B. de, Oliveira, H. F. de, & Ávila, R. W. (2016). Spatial and temporal distribution in two anuran communities in the Chapada do Araripe, Northeastern Brasil. Biota Neotropica, 16(1). Retrieved from //www.biotaneotropica.org.br/BN/article/view/1358