Reptile diversity of Sinos River Basin


  • Camila Fernanda Moser Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos
  • Fernanda Rodrigues de Avila Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos
  • Roberto Baptista de Oliveira Fundação Zoobotânica do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Juliano Morales de Oliveira Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos
  • Márcio Borges-Martins Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Instituto de Biociências
  • Alexandro Marques Tozetti Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos


Chelonia, Crocodilia, Squamata, Vale dos Sinos, Atlantic Forest, Pampa


Abstract This work aimed to catalog the species of reptiles of the Sinos River Basin based on records from scientific collections and data collected in the field. We recorded 65 species, including 46 snakes, nine lizards, five turtles, four amphisbaenians and one caiman. Snakes composed most of the recorded specimens (91.3%), and the three most representative are venomous and of medical importance. The most urban region of the basin (Lowland) has the highest number of records. This fact may be a reflection of the high human population density in this region, which would have favored the encounter of specimens and their sending to scientific collections and research centers. It is worth highlighting that most species with few specimens in the collections are also rarely observed in the wild, such as Clelia hussani and Urostrophus vautieri. This observation makes it feasible that these populations are small or that they are declining.




How to Cite

Moser, C. F., Avila, F. R. de, Oliveira, R. B. de, Oliveira, J. M. de, Borges-Martins, M., & Tozetti, A. M. (2018). Reptile diversity of Sinos River Basin. Biota Neotropica, 18(3). Retrieved from //




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