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Title: Habitat, food, and climate affecting leaf litter anuran assemblages in an Atlantic Forest remnant.
Authors: Rievers, Camila Rabelo
Pires, Maria Rita Silvério
Eterovick, Paula Cabral
Keywords: Anura
Leaf litter structure
Invertebrate availability
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: RIEVERS, C. R.; PIRES, M. R. S.; ETEROVICK, P. C. Habitat, food, and climate affecting leaf litter anuran assemblages in an Atlantic Forest remnant. Acta Oecologica, Montrouge, v. 58, p. 12-21, 2014. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: 20 de jul. 2017.
Abstract: Leaf litter anuran assemblages include both species that have terrestrial development and species that, during the breeding season, aggregate around bodies of water where their tadpoles develop. The resources used by these two groups in the leaf litter are likely to differ, as well as their sampled species richness, abundance and biomass as resource availability changes. We conducted a 12-month survey of leaf litter anuran assemblages at three forest areas in the largest Atlantic Forest remnant in the state of Minas Gerais in southeastern Brazil. Each month we estimated, based on capture rates, anuran species richness, abundance, and biomass as assemblage descriptors. We also measured variables that could potentially affect these descriptors in space and time: invertebrate litter fauna (abundance and richness of taxa), leaf litter biomass, and microclimatic conditions (air humidity, air and soil temperature, soil water content, and rainfall). We tested for differences in these variables among areas. We used general linear models to search for the variables that best explained variation in anuran abundance (based on capture rates) throughout the year. We analyzed species with terrestrial development (TD) and with aquatic larvae (AL) separately. We recorded 326 anurans of 15 species. Sampled anuran abundance (correlated to species richness and biomass) was explained by air humidity and/or invertebrate abundance for species with TD, and by soil water content or air humidity and leaf litter biomass for species with AL. The variability in the results of studies on leaf litter frogs that try to find variables to explain changes in community descriptors may be due to spatial variation of resources among areas and also to the fact that TD and AL species are frequently analyzed together, when in fact they are likely to show different responses to resources present in the leaf litter habitat, reflected on capture rates.
ISSN: 1146-609X
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