Anuran diversity and habitat use in two localities of Atlantic forest in north of Bahia state


  • Flora Acuña Juncá Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana, Depto. Ciências Biológicas


Anura, communities, spatial distribution, reproductive sites, conservation


The composition and abundance of anurofauna, as well as its distribution among reproductive sites in two localities of Atlantic forest in northern Bahia state were studied. Serra da Jibóia (SJ) is a mountain range with maximum elevation of 800 m, located in a transitional area between Atlantic forest and Caatinga. Reserva Sapiranga (RS) is a fragment of forest with 200 m of elevation and located close to the coast. In both localities, we searched for frogs in the following habitats: leaf litter/understory, bromeliads, temporary ponds, permanent ponds and streams. Nocturnal collections were carried out through 10 months of 2001, totalizing 14 nights for RS and 12 nights for SJ. A total of 45 species were found, from which only seven were common to both localities. In SJ, more species were associated with the leaf litter/understory (n = 14) than the other reproductive sites, including two of the three more abundant species (Frostius penambucensis and Eleutherodactylus ramagii). In RS, temporary ponds were the reproductive sites that had greater species number (n = 18), also including the two of the most abundant species (Leptodactylus natalensis and Scinax sp. ruber group). These differences could be related to differences in elevation, vegetation and leaf litter conditions of Serra da Jibóia and Reserva Sapiranga. In this study, we extend the geographic distribution of Leptodactylus mystaceus, Eleutherodactylus bilineatus, E. vinhai, Sphaenorhynchus prasinus, Phyllodytes melanomystax.




How to Cite

Juncá, F. A. (2006). Anuran diversity and habitat use in two localities of Atlantic forest in north of Bahia state. Biota Neotropica, 6(2). Retrieved from //