The book “Serpentes da Caatinga: Guia Ilustrado” was released last October 19, 2017 in an public cerimony at the Butantan Institute, São Paulo Brazil and now it is available for purchase through the website: https://www.ponto-a.com/product-page/serpentes-da-caatinga-guia-ilustrado
The book "Snakes of the Caatinga region: Illustrated guide" presents through 152 colored photographs a total of 113 species of snakes of the Caatinga. We present ontogenetic and polimosphisms patterns of colors of some species. To each species we also provide information about morphology (size, weight and snake dentition), habitat use (time of activity and substrate), diet (most common prey), reproductive mode (oviparous or viviparous), defensive tatics and if the species could promote risk of poisoning to human beings. The images are group by color which is easier to the reader to handle the book during field works. We also provide, in the beggining of the book, an introductory part about the biology and natural history of the snakes, with photographs included. The book also includes, information about other vertebrates with alogated body and other reptiles inhabitants of the Caatinga. In the end, we also provide taxonomic comments for some species and a list of all species and their related habitats inside the Caatinga.
Authors: Otavio Marques, André Eterovic, Thaís Guedes and Ivan Sazima
Publisher: Ponto A Editora
Number of pages: 240
Some Press releases about the book:
- University of São Paulo Journal: http://jornal.usp.br/ciencias/ciencias-biologicas/guia-ilustrado-traz-estudo-sobre-serpentes-na-caatinga/
- Herpetologia Brasileira: http://sbherpetologia.org.br/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/hb-2017-02-p.pdf
Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QqgWI9S3X0
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/serpentesdacaatinga/
I have been in the Senckenberg Museum of Frankfurt analyzing specimens of Neotropical snakes to compose the dataset on geographical distribution of snakes. I would like to thanks to the curator Dr. Günther Koehler for allowed the visit, and also to Dr. Martin Jansen and Linda Acker for all support when I was in the collection
I analyzed specimens of snakes in the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin to compose the dataset on geographical distribution of snakes that will be the backbone for biogeographic analyses in my projects. I would like to thanks to the curator Dr. Mark-Oliver Rödel for allowed the visit, and also to Frank Tillack and Christoph Kucharzewski for all support to manage the material in the collection
I have been in the Göteborg Naturhistoriska Museum analyzing specimens of Neotropical snakes to compose the dataset on geographical distribution of snakes that will be the backbone for biogeographic analyses in my projects. Most of them were collected by Rolf Blomberg in 1950 in Ecuador and Colombia. I would like to thanks to the curator Dr. Göran Nilson for allowed the visit and work together sometimes analyzing the material
I have been in the Natural History Museum of Vienna in May 2015 analyzing specimens of Neotropical snakes to compose the dataset on geographical distribution of snakes that will be the backbone for biogeographic analyses in my projects. Most of them were collected and identified by famous naturalists, taxonomists (e.g. Johann Natterer, Steindachner, Werner) by 1800. I would like to thanks to the curator Dr. Heinz Grillitsh for allowed the visit and work together sometimes, and also to Gaβner Georg and Silke Schweiger for all support during the analyzing of the material
The last 15 April I started a new position as one-year guest post-doc researcher at University of Gothenburg under supervision of Dr. Alexandre Antonelli and partnership with my supervisor in Brazil Dr. Ricardo Sawaya. I am developing the project entitled “Unveiling the hidden limits of species clusters: a cross-methodological approach to identify bioregions of Neotropical snakes”. This project is a Research Internship Abroad (BEPE) funded by FAPESP.
It is a first synthesis on anuran diversity and their biogeographical patterns in the Restinga, the poorly known part of the Atlantic Forest hotspot. The database of this study was based on the careful revision of specimens housed in the eight largest scientific collections of Brazil. Our results showed a monotonic variation in anuran species composition along the latitudinal gradient and the major predictions of the vicariance model also were corroborated by the detection of a regionalized distribution of the anurans species in four areas along the Restinga and by the presence of congeneric species distributed among distinct biotic elements. Our study highlights the usefulness of basic natural history data and revision of voucher specimens for providing information for biogeographic studies and conservation strategies for this region. Photos amphibians: Diogo B. Provete and Marcela Nascimento.
Study performed by a group of herpetologists that aimed to map the Brazilian snakes is the principal subject of the Pesquisa FAPESP magazine this month. In this article, my current supervisor Dr. Ricardo Sawaya mentioned my contribution with the mapping contributing with almost 20,000 records of snakes from northeastern of Brazil collected during my doctorate degree at Butantan Institute (Advisor: Dr. Otavio Marques). Read more…
I took part as the official organizer of the Symposium on Diversity, Systematic and Biogeography of Amphibians and Reptiles, held at the Biologic Museum at Butantan Institute, São Paulo, Brazil and promoted by Brazilian Society of Herpetology and Butantan Institute (In the picture left to right: Pedro Ganança, Circe Albuquerque, Vivian Trevine, Márcio Martins, Fausto Barbo, Thaís Guedes and Samantha).
It is a comprehensive study about richness, natural history, geographic distribution, and patterns of geographic distribution of snakes in the Caatinga. This study gathers information obtained from the analysis of around 7,500 specimens housed in 17 Brazilian collections of natural history. The study also brings detailed information about natural history and geographical distribution (with updated maps) of all the species with at least one record for this region. This study provides basic information to biogeographic studies and conservation planning in the Caatinga.
I gave the lecture “Biological collections and conservation biogeography: the case of the Brazilian snakes” in a debate about the importance of the collection for conservation and health of the environment, technological development and benefits to society. This event was promoted by Vital Brazil Institute and held in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
I took part as the official organizer and researcher of the Workshop on distribution of Brazilian snakes, held at the University of São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil. The workshop was coordinated by the post-doc Cristiano Nogueira (Supervisor: Dr. Hussam Zaher) and is part of the subproject “Biogeography and phylogeography of Neotropical snakes” (Principal Investigator: Dr. Ricardo Sawaya). Funding: Biota FAPESP, MZUSP, WWF, NatureServe, and PNUD-MMA.
This was a pioneering initiative, which aimed to map the geographical distribution of Brazilian snakes, employing taxonomic and geo-referenced data, compiled and revised by qualified experts in the field, thus providing high reliability in the final product. We gathered, for a week’s worth of work, about 20 researchers in snake taxonomy and biogeography from different regions of Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina. Soon we will publish the first Atlas of Brazilian snake distribution, an important landmark for the study of Biodiversity in Brazil and a worldwide reference on the richest snake fauna on the planet.
I did the 60 hour post-graduation course in which the aim was to integrate concepts, methods and applications of evolutionary biogeography (theoretical and practical). The professors were: Juan J. Morrone, Claudia Szumik, Sergio Roig-Juñet, and Alejandro Giraudo. This course was held in National University of the Littoral, Santa Fe, Argentina (In this picture: Juan Morrone and I).
I did the courses: Introduction to phylogenetic and molecular dating tools, Next-Generation Sequencing, Species diversification, Introduction to workflows for taxonomic data refinement, biogeographic analysis and species distribution modeling. I took part of the workshop for the Antonelli group (I gave a lecture on “Historical biogeography of snakes in the open landscapes of South America”), We did planning of biogeographical studies, a partnership between UNIFESP and University of Gothenburg.
I presented the lecture titled “Historical biogeography and evolution of Neotropical biotas” at the symposium “Biogeography of Neotropical snakes: integrating evolution and conservation”. The meeting was held in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. An interview about my participation in the meeting can be read here
I took part of a research team that evaluated the degree of threat of Brazilian snakes. The meeting was held in Acadebio in Iperó, São Paulo, Brazil and was promoted by Chico Mendes Institute (In this picture: Paulo Passos, Ermelinda Oliveira, Francisco Luis Franco, Cristiano Nogueira, Márcio Martins, Thaís Guedes, Marinus Hoogmoed, Yeda Bataus, Geraldo Moura, Adriano Silveira, Daniel Loebmann, Renato S. Bérnils, Christine Strussmann, Fausto Barbo, Carlos Abrahão, Antônio Argôlo, Ricardo Sawaya, Hussam Zaher, Márcio Borges-Martins, Gabriel Costa, Vera Lúcia, Vivian Mara, Ricardo Kawashita-Ribeiro, Otavio Marques, Bruno Ferreto) More info: ICMBIO
I took part of a research team that evaluated the degree of threat of Brazilian snakes. The meeting was held in Acadebio in Iperó, São Paulo, Brazil and was promoted by Chico Mendes Institute (In this picture: Cristiano Nogueira, João, Bruno Ferreto, Fausto Barbo, Hussam Zaher, Márcio Borges-Martins, Antônio Argôlo, Paulo Passos, Ermelinda Oliveira, Ana Prudente, Sonia Cechin, Adriano Silveira, Glaucia Pontes, Gabriel Costa, Carlos Abrahão, Vera Lúcia, Yeda Bataus, Ricardo Sawaya, Marcelo Tognelli, Renato S. Bérnils, Rosana Subirá, Flávia Batista, Márcio Martins, Guarino Colli, Josué Anderson, Vivian Mara). More info: ICMBIO