We provide a list of amphibians, lizards, chelonians, and snakes collected during a day expedition to the northern portion of Chapada Diamantina National. 20 jun. aqueles da Caatinga – PNSCo e Parque Nacional da Serra da Capivara Palavras-chave: Répteis, Anfíbios, Inventário da herpetofauna. Chapada Diamantina for the maintenance and conservation of the herpetofauna within the Caatinga domain. Keywords: Anurofauna.

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Leiuperinae from Northeastern Brazil. Check List 9 2: Herpetofauna of protected areas in the Caatinga I: Finally, the only turtle species found in Catimbau National Park is a common species in Caatinga areas and it has wide distribution in South America Bonin et al.

The Park has an area of approximately 62, ha, and ranges from m to 1, m of altitude. Also, the region is considered to be of extreme biological importance due its richness and endemism MMA Acknowledgements The authors are grateful to all researchers that helped sometime during the fieldwork. Finally, two species Amphisbaena alba and Philodryas olfersii were found killed on roads within and adjacent to the Catimbau National Park. However, a rapid increase in the last decades of long-term inventories for several localities has shown a much higher amphibian and reptile species richness and endemism than previously believed Rodrigues Those two species have their distributions almost confined to the Caatinga biome Coelho et al.

Herein, we provide the first record of several species for Chapada Diamantina, which among them are worth mentioning Chiasmocleis sp.

Introduction The Caatinga biome is exclusive to Brazil, covering approximately Nevertheless, more species are likely to be incorporated to the local lizard richness. Seven species we collected both during active searches and in the pitfall traps.

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Herpetofauna of protected areas in the Caatinga III: Thirty-seven pitfall trap arrays composed of 4 buckets each, along with glue traps and active searches were used to sample local herpetofaunal diversity. Results and Discussion We recorded 1, individuals pertaining to 37 species of reptiles 25 lizards, three amphisbaenians, 11 snakes, and one chelonian and 21 species of amphibians Table 1Figures 3 – 8.

Herpetofauna of protected areas in the Caatinga III: The Catimbau National Park, Pernambuco, Brazil

How to cite this article. We also carried random active searches for specimens, which were conducted in the morning, in the afternoon, and at night, in the following locations and trails, locally knows as: In order TO cover the widest range of microhabitat and activity periods possible, we further searched sites with different phytophysiognomies, like dense vegetation areas, open vegetation areas with sandy soils, rock crops, and caatingx with water bodies.

However, snake richness will increase considerably with more sampling effort and consequently the number of reptiles will hwrpetofauna. The Caatinga biome is exclusive to Brazil, covering approximately Services on Demand Journal.

Out of 21 amphibian species, we collected only five of them with pitfall traps as well as through active search Table 1. Currently, there are more than squamate and amphibian species known for the Caatinga, many of which are endemic RodriguesDelfimand new endemic species are continuously being described Cruz et al.

The species rarefaction and richness estimators were constructed in EstimateS 9. We used 37 pitfall trap arrays divided into two different trails, one in an open shrubby vegetation area with sandy soil and the other in a dense forest vegetation area.

All sampling hetpetofauna contributed significantly to achieve the amphibian and reptile diversity recovered in the inventory. Thirty-five pitfall trap arrays composed of 4 buckets each, coupled with glue traps, and haphazard searches were used to sample the herpetofaunal diversity. Despite the increase in herpetofaunal inventories in the Caatinga biome, information for many areas is still lacking and new surveys are required.


We collected the two specimens of the mud-turtle Kinosternon scorpioides during the active searches. User’s Guide and application published at: While we did her;etofauna extensively searched roads, this may be a great concern due to the impact on the wild fauna, primarily around protected areas. We also found a high diversity of lizards in Catimbau National Park.

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Additionally, we attempted to show the great potential of Catimbau National Park in harboring an important herpetofaunal Caatinga diversity, characterized by the richest herpetofauna surveyed in a core region of the biome. The species rarefaction curves were attained without replacement, using 1, randomizations.

September 17, ; Accepted: Herein, we present the results of a day inventory of the herpetofauna from the Catimbau National Park, in the semi-arid region of Pernambuco State. March 20, ; Revised: Overview of the distribution of snakes of the genus Thamnodynastes Dipsadidae in northeastern Brazil, with new records and remarks on their morphometry and pholidosis.

Usually, snakes contribute with a small number of species in short-term inventories. Despite these findings, our rarefaction curves suggest that local biodiversity is still underestimated, which reinforces the need for future inventories in this and in less studied sites along this region.

All the other 16 species were collected exclusively by active search, indicating the importance of such method for this group. Historically, the Caatinga herpetofauna was considered impoverished and lacking character compared to forest biomes in South America Vanzolini et al.