Diversity and composition of squamate reptiles in the southern portion of Grande Sertão Veredas National Park, Central Brazil
Keywords:Cerrado, Squamata, lizards, diversity, conservation
AbstractWe present the results of an inventory of squamate reptiles from Grande Sertão Veredas National Park region, in the Brazilian Cerrado hotspot. We used standardized sampling methods to provide richness, diversity and distribution data and compared our results with those from other Cerrado localities. The regional squamate fauna is composed of at least 50 species, of which 25 lizards, three amphisbaenians and 22 snakes, distributed in 12 families: Polychrotidae (1), Tropiduridae (3), Scincidae (4), Teiidae (3), Gymnophthalmidae (6), Anguidae (1), Amphisbaenidae (3), Anomalepididae (1), Leptotyphlopidae (1), Boidae (2), Colubridae (16) e Viperidae (2). Recorded and estimated richness indicates that the region can be one of the richest in the Brazilian Cerrado. The recorded species present predictable abundance variations among different available habitats, a probable result of the influence of phylogenetic factors in the spatial distribution of the species. The "carrasco" habitat was distinguished for harboring two restricted species to the region: Stenocercus quinarius and Psilophthalmus sp., and should receive further attention in future studies. The open habitats, especially the typical open physiognomies of Cerrado, present the highest richness levels, in agreement with results in other Cerrado localities, a fact with direct implications for the conservation of central Brazilian savannas.
How to Cite
Recoder, R., & Nogueira, C. (2007). Diversity and composition of squamate reptiles in the southern portion of Grande Sertão Veredas National Park, Central Brazil. Biota Neotropica, 7(3). Retrieved from //www.biotaneotropica.org.br/BN/article/view/356