Medium to large size mammals of southern Serra do Amolar, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazilian Pantanal

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  • Grasiela Porfirio
  • Pedro Sarmento
  • Nilson Lino Xavier Filho
  • Joana Cruz
  • Carlos Fonseca

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DatePublished - 2014
Issue number3
Volume10
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)473-482
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Serra do Amolar (Amolar Mountain Ridge) is considered a Priority Area for biodiversity conservation in the Pantanal biome according to the Environmental Ministry of Brazil. Despite this fact, it is a little-studied area, lacking basic information such as species inventories. In this study, we provide a list of the medium- to large-sized mammals that inhabit the southern Serra do Amolar. We carried out a survey at Engenheiro Eliezer Batista Private Natural Heritage Reserve and Santa Tereza ranch from March 2009 to May 2013. We used non-invasive methods to generate a list of 33 mammal species from 18 families, including Endangered species such as the giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), Vulnerable species such as the lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris), and Near Threatened species such as the jaguar (Panthera onca), highlighting the importance of this area for mammal conservation in a regional context.

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