Mauricio Osvaldo Moura

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The reactivities of sera from chronic chagasic patients against the trypomastigote excreted-secreted antigens (TESA) of Trypanosoma cruzi strains with different biodemes were analyzed by TESA-blot and TESA-enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Although both tests presented high sensitivity and specificity, TESA-ELISA is more appropriate for screening a(More)
The Astyanax scabripinnis species complex with its wide geographical distribution is an excellent model for evolutionary studies. Populations are usually geographically isolated but also, in some cases, occur in sympatry. In this study, five allopatric and/or sympatric populations of A. scabripinnis were analysed using geometric morphometry, cytogenetic(More)
Many authors produced carrion insect development data for predicting the age of an insect from a corpse. Under some circumstances, this age value is a minimum postmortem interval. There are no standard protocols for such experiments, and the literature includes a variety of sampling methods. To our knowledge, there has been no investigation of how the(More)
Seed predation by insects exerts negative effects on plant reproduction by limiting the supply of seeds and preventing germination. Seed predators of the family Fabaceae are usually generalists, which increases the rate of predation. One strategy to minimize seed predation, developed by plants from temperate regions, is “escape in time,” i.e., flowering(More)
In this work, we investigated the morphological variation of the intromittent male copulatory organ (aedeagus) of specimens from natural populations of two cactophilic Drosophila species distributed in the southeast region of Brazil, Drosophila gouveai Tidon-Sklorz & Sene and Drosophila antonietae Tidon-Sklorz & Sene. It was explored how the within-species(More)
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