New additions to herpetofauna of the Parque Estadual Dois Irmãos, an urban Atlantic Rainforest Fragment, Recife municipality, Pernambuco state, northeastern Brazil

Íris Virgínea Melo, Geraldo Jorge Barbosa de Moura, Marco Antonio de Freitas, Edson Victor Euclides de Andrade, Cláudio Casal, Arthur Diesel Abegg, Marcelo Nogueira de Carvalho Kakubum

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Abstract
The Atlantic Biome is the second largest forest block in the Neotropics with a high biodiversity. At the same time, it is one of the most threatened biomes of the world, especially in Pernambuco Endemism Center, Northeastern Brazil. Especially in Pernambuco state, the lack of inventories of the fauna has limited decisions on conservation measures of forest fragments. This paper aims to update the list of amphibians and reptiles in the State Park Dois Irmãos (PEDI), a seasonal evergreen coastal and urban Atlantic Rainforest fragment, covering 371.93 hectares, located in the city of Recife, Pernambuco state. Sampling was carried out between June 2008 and April 2009, through pitfalls in two lines installed in the center of the fragment, as well as active searches between 09 am and 11am, and 18 pm and 21 pm totaling 176 hours of active search. The herpetofauna were composed of 60 species including 34 amphibians and 26 reptiles.


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