The herpetofauna of the Serra do Urubu mountain range: a key biodiversity area for conservation in the brazilian atlantic forest




Anura, Northeastern Brazil, Pernambuco, Squamata, RPPN Pedra D’Antas.


The Serra do Urubu mountain range is considered a key biodiversity area. It is situated in the Pernambuco Endemism Center, one of the most threatened regions of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. However, despite the high importance of this area little research on its herpetofauna has been performed. The present study presents an inventory of the herpetofauna of the region, through bibliographic review, searches in museum collections and field expeditions to the RPPNs Frei Caneca and Pedra D’Antas, in the municipalities of Jaqueira and Lagoa dos Gatos. The conservation status of the amphibians of the region is discussed. Five expeditions, between 2012 and 2013 were made. The methods employed were visual transect surveys, acoustic census and pitfall traps. We recorded a total of 46 amphibian species, belonging to nine families: Craugastoridae (3 spp.), Bufonidae (3 spp.), Ranidae (1 sp.), Hylidae (25 spp.), Leptodactylidae (8 spp.), Odontophrynidae (1 sp.), Hemiphractidae (2 spp.), Phyllomedusidae (2 spp.) and Microhylidae (1 sp.). We recorded 42 species of squamates: 16 species of lizards families Phyllodactylidae (1 sp.), Gekkonidae (1 sp.), Gymnophthalmidae (1 sp.), Polychrotidae (1 sp.), Leiosauridae (1 sp.), Tropiduridae (3 spp.), Dactyloidae (2 spp.), Diploglossidae (2 spp.), Teiidae (2 spp.), Scincidae (1 sp.), and Iguanidae (1 sp.); and 24 species of snakes: Boidae (3 spp.), Colubridae (2 spp.), Dipsadidae (13 spp.), Elapidae (2 spp.), Typhlopidae (1 sp.), and Viperidae (3 spp.). The occurrence of rare and/or threatened species such as the snakes Dipsas sazimai, Lachesis muta and Sibynomorphus sp. and the amphibians Hylomantis granulosa, Chiasmocleis alagoana, Boana freicanecae and Phyllodytes gyrinaethes reinforces the need for conservation measures at this highly threatened region of the Atlantic Forest.


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Igor Joventino Roberto, Universidade Federal do Amazonas (UFAM) Instituto de Ciências Biológicas (ICB)

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Zoologia
Avenida Rodrigo Otávio, 6.200, Japim
CEP 69077‑000
Manaus, AM, Brasil

Cícero Ricardo de Oliveira, Universidade Regional do Cariri (URCA) Departamento de Ciências Físicas e Biológicas

Rua Coronel Antônio Luiz, 1.161, Pimenta
CEP 63105‑000
Crato, CE, Brasil

João Antonio de Araújo Filho, Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB) Centro de Ciências Exatas e da Natureza (CCEN)

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Biológicas – Zoologia (PPGCB)
Campus I
Jardim Universitário, s/n, Castelo Branco
CEP 58051‑900
João Pessoa, PB, Brasil

Herivelto Faustino de Oliveira, Universidade Regional do Cariri (URCA) Departamento de Ciências Físicas e Biológicas

Rua Coronel Antônio Luiz, 1.161, Pimenta
CEP 63105‑000
Crato, CE, Brasil

Robson Waldemar Ávila, Universidade Regional do Cariri (URCA) Departamento de Ciências Físicas e Biológicas

Rua Coronel Antônio Luiz, 1.161, Pimenta
CEP 63105‑000
Crato, CE, Brasil


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Roberto, I. J., Oliveira, C. R. de, Araújo Filho, J. A. de, Oliveira, H. F. de, & Ávila, R. W. (2017). The herpetofauna of the Serra do Urubu mountain range: a key biodiversity area for conservation in the brazilian atlantic forest. Papéis Avulsos De Zoologia, 57(27), 347-373.



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