Anurans of Parque Florestal do Gafanhoto: an urban forest fragment in a Cerrado area of Minas Gerais State, Southeast Brazil

Sarah Mângia, Camila Mariangela Pacheco, Ana Carolina Mello, Milena Wachlevski

Abstract


The Cerrado is a world hotspot for the biodiversity conservation, harboring about nineteen percent of Brazilian amphibian species. Most of the wildlife’s Cerrado remains restricted to fragments, some of them in urban or periurban environments. In this study, we present a list of anuran species of an urban forest park in the mid-west of Minas Gerais, Brazil. We sampled the anurans by pitfall traps with drift fences and active searches between 2006 and 2009. We recorded 16 species of anuran amphibians. The recorded species are widely distributed, occurring in anthropic open areas, natural areas and altered forested environments, which indicate that the fragment studied is anthropized. However, the Parque Florestal do Gafanhoto is one of the few forest remnants in the mid-west of Minas Gerais, which makes it relevant for the maintenance of these species and ecological interactions in which they are part of.

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