Herpetofauna from Serra do Brigadeiro, an Atlantic Forest remain in the state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil
Keywords:amphibian, reptiles, geographic distribution, Mantiqueira mountain range, Serra do Brigadeiro State Park
AbstractWe present a list of amphibians and reptiles from northern region of the Serra da Mantiqueira mountain range, under local name Serra do Brigadeiro mountain. This region comprehends an Atlantic Forest remain with emphasis at the Serra do Brigadeiro State Park, a conservation unit with approximately 15,000 ha which the boundaries are included at the municipalities of Araponga, Divino, Ervália, Fervedouro, Miradouro, Muriaé, Pedra Bonita and Sericita, all in the state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil. Throughout complementary methods as pitfall traps and local collectors, besides other conventional methods as visual and auditive surveys, occasional encounters and scientific collection records, the present list broaden the knowledge on herpetofauna on this region. We recorded 98 herpetofauna species, being 57 anurans, one gymnophiona, nine lizards, one amphisbenian, 29 snakes, and one turtle. Although amphibian species registered were not considered threatened of extinction in Minas Gerais, Brazil or by IUCN, 11 species (18.96%) are considered Data Deficient. There is a high number of species endemic to Atlantic Forest (46.55%) or with restricted distribution (20.68%). Is worth noting the registers of the frogs Gastrotheca ernestoi and Megaelosia apuana, respectively the first and second registers of these genus for Minas Gerais. The caecilian Luetkenotyphlus brasiliensis is also rediscovered. Among reptiles, can be highlighted the presence of the freshwater turtle Hydromedusa maximiliani, which appears as vulnerable in the red lists of Minas Gerais and in IUCN. Sixty percent of the reptiles encountered are widely distributed in the Atlantic Forest, and the presence of the snakes Echinanthera melanostigma and E. undulata are important as, respectively, the second and third records for Minas Gerais.
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Moura, M. R., Motta, A. P., Fernandes, V. D., & Feio, R. N. (2012). Herpetofauna from Serra do Brigadeiro, an Atlantic Forest remain in the state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil. Biota Neotropica, 12(1). Retrieved from https://www.biotaneotropica.org.br/BN/article/view/918