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Frog communities from five remnants of sandy coastal plains in Espírito Santo state, southeastern Brazil

  • Jane C. F. OliveiraEmail author
  • Juliane Pereira-Ribeiro
  • Arthur Favalessa
  • Carlos Frederico D. Rocha
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Abstract

Restingas are sandy coastal plains environments belonging to the atlantic forest biome. This ecosystem holds considerable amount of the anuran biodiversity of Brazil. However, there are still important remnants not yet sampled in its entirety (studies of anuran communities). In this study, we inventory and compared the richness and abundance of anuran species occurring in five restinga remnants along the southeastern coast of Espírito Santo state. We sampled amphibians at each site over a three-year period (2012, 2013 and 2014), during both rainy and dry seasons. We used Whittaker plots to analyze the observed pattern of species abundance. We recorded 3.376 anurans belonging to 32 frog species, two of these endemic of restinga ecosystem. This study fills an important geographic gap in terms of knowledge of frog communities’ richness and abundance along Brazilian coast.

Keywords

Amphibians Atlantic forest biome Restinga ecosystem Community Mesohabitats 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This study was supported by research grants obtained by CFDR from grants the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq, process No. 302974/2015-6 and 424473/2016-0), from Fundação Carlos Chagas Filho de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ) through “Cientistas do Nosso Estado” Program (process No. E-26/202.920.2015) and from FAPERJ/Biota Program (process No. E-26/010.001639/2014) JCFO thanks the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior – CAPES for providing a Graduate fellowship and to FAPERJ for currently postdoctoral fellowship grant (Process E-26/202.388/2017). JPR thanks capes for the doctoral scholarship granted. This study was financed in part by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior - Brasil (CAPES) - Finance Code 001.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Ecologia, Instituto de Biologia Roberto de Alcantara GomesUniversidade do Estado do Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Faculdades Integradas São PedroFAESA Centro UniversitárioVitóriaBrazil

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