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Lizards of Brazilian Amazonia (Reptilia:Squamata)
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A zoogeographical analysis based on the combined distribution maps of the various species shows a main division in Amazonia of a western and an eastern fauna, and a southwestern group is also recognised and, although defined by a smaller number of species, a Guianan group. Expand
Quantifying the biodiversity value of tropical primary, secondary, and plantation forests
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The results show that, whereas the biodiversity indicator group concept may hold some validity for several taxa that are frequently sampled, it fails for those exhibiting highly idiosyncratic responses to tropical land-use change, highlighting the problems associated with quantifying the biodiversity value of anthropogenic habitats. Expand
The value of primary, secondary, and plantation forests for a neotropical herpetofauna.
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Although plantation forests are relatively impoverished, naturally regenerating forests can help mitigate some negative effects of deforestation for herpetofauna, secondary forest does not provide a substitute for primary forest, and in the absence of further evidence from older successional stands, it is cautioned against the optimistic claim that natural forest regeneration in abandoned lands will provide refuge for the many species that are currently threatened by deforestation. Expand
The cost-effectiveness of biodiversity surveys in tropical forests.
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This work presents a generic and novel framework for identifying high-performance indicator taxa that combine practical feasibility and ecological value, and illustrates the approach using a large-scale assessment of 14 different higher taxa across three forest types in the Brazilian Amazon. Expand
SMALL IN A BIG WORLD: ECOLOGY OF LEAF-LITTER GECKOS IN NEW WORLD TROPICAL FORESTS
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All four species are typically the smallest species in their respective lizard assemblages, and partially due to small body size, these lizards are vulnerable to extirpation resulting from effects of tree removal on thermal attributes of their leaf litter environment. Expand
The Impact of Individual Tree Harvesting on Thermal Environments of Lizards in Amazonian Rain Forest
Single-tree harvesting with on-site lumber production produces gaps in Amazonian forest canopy that are structurally differentfrom natural treefall gaps. Harvest gaps are much more open, and there isExpand
Sharing Amazonian Rain-Forest Trees: Ecology of Anolis punctatus and Anolis transversalis (Squamata: Polychrotidae)
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Different ecological traits of A. punctatus and A. transversalis render them likely candidates for local extinction when deforestation occurs, and a positive relationship existed between lizard body size (SVL) and mean prey volume. Expand
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Herpetofaunal Sampling Techniques across a Gradient of Habitat Change in a Tropical Forest Landscape
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This is the first standardized comparison of patterns of species richness, rank-abundance, and community structure for both passive and active sampling methods for the study of herpetofauna in a tropical forest landscape. Expand
Ecology of the arboreal tropidurid lizard Tropidurus (=Plica) umbra in the Amazon region
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Comparisons with other studied tropidurid lizards suggest that dietary specialization on ants, reduced sexual dimorphism, and reduced clutch size are derived characters. Expand
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