Habitat use and reproductive activity of anurans from a Cerrado area in Minas Gerais State, southeastern Brazil

Bruno Ferreto Fiorillo, Renato Christensen Nali, Cynthia Peralta de Almeida Prado

Abstract


The Brazilian Cerrado is one of the 25 most important biodiversity hotspots, considered the most threatened savanna on earth. Amphibians are especially vulnerable to habitat modifications due to behavioral and physiological traits. Herein, we list the anuran species of a Cerrado area in southeastern Brazil and provide information on habitat use and reproductive activity. For 12 months, between 2010 and 2011, we surveyed and registered habitat occupation and temporal distribution of anurans at the study site. A total of 20 species belonging to seven families were recorded. At least two species found here are considered Data Deficient by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, two have unreported status, and one is Critically Endangered. Moreover, seven species need status updating. Thus, we highlight that even disturbed fragments are crucial to maintain frog diversity, especially for species with restricted distribution, taxonomic uncertainties and/or that require more information on their conservation status.

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