Frog diversity in the Floresta Nacional de Chapecó, Atlantic Forest of southern Brazil
Keywords:amphibians, habitat use, mixed ombrophilous forest, Santa Catarina, Brazil
AbstractThe Atlantic Forest is considered one of the world's biological diversity hotspots but is nevertheless increasingly threatened with the rapid destruction and fragmentation of its natural areas. In the state of Santa Catarina, southern Brazil, remnants of the mixed ombrophilous forest and seasonal deciduous forest exist as islands within large areas of agriculture, pastures and human settlements. Here we present information on species richness and habitat use by anurans in the Floresta Nacional de Chapecó, located in the western portion of the state of Santa Catarina. Anurans were surveyed by active search of potential reproductive sites from December 1998 to December 2001. A total of 29 species were recorded, most of which have a known distribution restricted to southern Brazil and adjacent countries (Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay) and use open areas for reproduction. The species composition was most similar to other areas of mixed ombrophilous forest and seasonal deciduous forest from the extreme south of Brazil. The information in this study may support the implementation of conservation and management strategies in the area.
How to Cite
Lucas, E. M., & Fortes, V. B. (2008). Frog diversity in the Floresta Nacional de Chapecó, Atlantic Forest of southern Brazil. Biota Neotropica, 8(3). Retrieved from //www.biotaneotropica.org.br/BN/article/view/416