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Revista Brasileira de Zoologia

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Rev. Bras. Zool. vol.19  supl.2 Curitiba Dec. 2002 

Mamíferos não-voadores do campus "Luiz de Queiroz", Universidade de São Paulo, Piracicaba, Brasil


Non-volant mammals of campus "Luiz de Queiroz", University of São Paulo, Piracicaba, Brazil



Carla Gheler-CostaI; Luciano M. VerdadeI; Álvaro F. de AlmeidaII

ILaboratório de Ecologia Animal, ESALQ, Universidade de São Paulo. Caixa Postal 09, 13418-900 Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brasil. E-mail:
IIDepartamento de Ciências Florestais, ESALQ, Universidade de São Paulo, Caixa Postal 09, 13418-900 Piracicaba, Brasil




The remaining portion of the Atlantic Forest within the State of Sao Paulo is highly fragmented and most of the remainders are wrapped up in an essentially agricultural mosaic. This study aims at the local surveying of non-volant mammals, including their distribution and relative abundance within the human-altered environments of campus "Luiz de Queiroz", University of Sao Paulo, Piracicaba, São Paulo State, Brazil, an urbanized area bordered by two highways and the Piracicaba River. The landscape of the study area is characterized by a mosaic of small forest fragments surrounded by pastures, agriculture, and planted forests. Small mammals were captured from February to October, 2001, with an effort of 7056 day-traps, sampling the most representative environments of the campus: planted Eucalyptus (L'Héritier) and Pinus (Shaw) forests, native forest fragment, meadow, rubber tree (Hevea sp.) plantation, agriculture and pasture area. Occurrence of medium and large frame mammals was recorded daily (morning and afternoon) from November of 2000 to October of 2001 along a trail set up to merge the studied environments. Sixteen species of non-volant mammals were recorded, ten of medium or big body-size, and six of small body-size. Capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1766)) and coati (Nasua nasua (Linnaeus, 1766)) were the most abundant species.

Key words: Mammals, forest, agricultural mosaic, landscapes



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