Preliminary checklist of the herpetofauna of the upper Rio Urucu, Amazonas, Brazil

Claude Gascon Ocírio de Souza Pereira About the authors

Abstract

Thirty-three species of anuran amphibians and 22 species of reptiles were found in 9 days and nights of sampling in an unexplored region of Central Amazon. The community is characterized by typical lowland Amazonian species. The relatively short sampling time and high number of species caught indicates that this region probably has very high species richness.

Checklist; herpetofauna; Rio Urucu; Amazonas; Brazil


Preliminary checklist of the herpetofauna of the upper Rio Urucu, Amazonas, Brazil

Claude GasconI,II; Ocírio de Souza PereiraII

IDepartment of Zoology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1 Canada

IIProjeto PDBFF, Departamento de Ecologia, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Caixa Postal 478, 69011-970 Manaus, Amazonas, Brasil

ABSTRACT

Thirty-three species of anuran amphibians and 22 species of reptiles were found in 9 days and nights of sampling in an unexplored region of Central Amazon. The community is characterized by typical lowland Amazonian species. The relatively short sampling time and high number of species caught indicates that this region probably has very high species richness.

Key words: Checklist, herpetofauna, Rio Urucu, Amazonas, Brazil

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. This study was supported by World Wildlife Fund, The Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Smithsonian Institution, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Additional support was provided from a Graduate Fellowship from FCAR (Quebec). Support during the preparation of the manuscript was provided by grant # BSR 88-18001 to J. Travis and an NSERC (Canada) post-doctoral fellowship to CG. The authors wish to thank M. Rodrigues, U. Caramaschi, and M. Hoogmoed for identification of specimens, and J. Travis for reviewing the manuscript. We also wish to thank C. Peres and Petrobras for logistic help and allowing us to access the area. This is publication # 85 of the Biological Dynamics of Tropical Forest Fragments Project.

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Recebido em 15.IX.1993; aceito em 25.XI.1993.

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Publication Dates

  • Publication in this collection
    24 July 2009
  • Date of issue
    1993

History

  • Accepted
    25 Nov 1993
  • Received
    15 Sept 1993
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