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Altitudinal records of data-deficient and threatened frog species from the Atlantic Rainforest of the Serra dos Orgaos mountains, in southeastern Brazil.

Threatened species are usually the focus of conservation efforts and funding programs, but little attention is given to species considered "data-deficient" (DD), contradicting the IUCN's recommendation to give them the same degree of attention as threatened taxa (Pimenta et al., 2005). Here, we present information on the occurrences of some anuran species currently considered as data-deficient, near threatened or endangered (and some species which are not on the IUCN list), based on data gathered during surveys conducted from November 2007 to March 2010 in the Atlantic Rainforest of the Serra dos Orgaos mountain range region, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sampling was carried out in four areas: the Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu (REGUA; 22[degrees] 24' S, 42[degrees] 44' W) and three sites within the Parque Estadual dos Tres Picos: Fazenda Santa Barbara (FSB; 22[degrees] 25' S and 42[degrees] 34' W), Theodoro de Oliveira (TO; 22[degrees] 22' S and 42[degrees] 33' W), and Baixo Caledonia (BC; 22[degrees] 21' S and 42[degrees] 34' W). Sampling was done using visual encounter surveys (total of 1,000 hours of searching) and pitfall traps (60-liter buckets; total of 600 traps-days) at 14 altitudinal levels ranging from 100 to 1900 m.

Among the 62 frog species found during the study, eight are presently categorised by the IUCN (2011) as data-deficient, two as "near threatened", one as "endangered", and four are not on the IUCN list (Table 1), as they represent recently revalidated (Brachycephalus garbeanus) or still undescribed taxa (Brachycephalus sp., Ischnocnema sp., Flectonotus sp. (see Siqueira et al., 2011). Of these 15 species, 12 (= 80%) are currently known only from the state of Rio de Janeiro, and six (= 40%) are considered endemic to the Serra dos Orgaos region (Table 1). Most of these species were recorded in just one or two locations, within a small elevational range. Regarding reproductive modes, seven of the species (Brachycephalus spp., Ischnocnema spp., Holoaden pholeter, and Gastrotheca ernestoi) have direct development and lay eggs on the moist leaf litter of the forest floor, whereas five (Crossodactylus aeneus, Hylodes spp., Cycloramphus brasiliensis, and Aplastodiscus eugenioi) depend on clean, lotic water bodies for reproduction. We hope these data improve the knowledge on these poorly known species and stimulate future long-term studies with them, contributing to conservation efforts for amphibians in the Atlantic Rainforest.

Acknowledgements--We thank the INEA, Nicholas Locke and Alexander Davis for the permissions for working at the studied sites. CFDR received resources from the CNPq (304791/20105 and 470265/2010-8) and FAPERJ ("Cientistas do Nosso Estado"; E-26102.765/2012). This project also benefitted from funding from the Fundacao Biodiversitas/CEPAN and RAN/ ICMBio (0158A/012006). CCS received PhD (141555/2008-4) and postdoctoral (150151/2012-8) grants from CNPq. We also thank J.P. Pombal Jr., C. Canedo, C.A.G. Cruz, B.V.S. Pimenta and M. Targino (MNRJ) for frog identifications.


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Siqueira, CC. (a,b) *, Vrcibradic, D. (c) and Rocha, CFD. (b)

(a) Programa de Pos-graduacao em Ecologia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro--UFRJ, Av. Carlos Chagas Filho, 373, Bl. A, CEP 21941-902, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

(b) Departamento de Ecologia, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro-UERJ, Rua Sao Francisco Xavier, 524, CEP 20550-011, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

(c) Departamento de Zoologia, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro-UNIRIO, Av. Pasteur, 458, CEP 22240-290, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

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Received April 04, 2012-Accepted May 05, 2012-Distributed February 28, 2013
Table 1. Anuran species recorded in four areas within the region of
the Serra dos Orgaos mountains, in southeastern Brazil (see text for
abbreviations of sampling localities). Numbers in those columns
represent the elevations (m) where frogs were found. Species endemic
to the state of Rio de Janeiro (RJ) and to the Serra dos Orgaos (SO)
are marked with an "X". Conservation status of species
(data-deficient-DD; near threatened-NT; endangered-EN) follows IUCN

Species                           REGUA      FSB        TO

  Brachycephalus garbeanus                             1400
  Brachycephalus sp. n.                              1100-1200
  Ischnocnema erythromera                            1100-1400
  Ischnocnema holti                                  1100-1300
  Ischnocnema sp. (gr. lactea)                         1300
  Cycloramphus brasiliensis      100-600   600-700
  Flectonotus sp.
  Gastrotheca ernestoi
  Aplastodiscus eugenioi         100-300
  Hypsiboas secedens               200
  Crossodactylus aeneus          100-300     600
  Hylodes charadranaetes           600     600-900   1100-1400
  Hylodes pipilans               300-500
  Chiasmocleis carvalhoi           300
  Holoaden pholeter                                  1200-1400

Species                             BC       RJ   SO   IUCN

  Brachycephalus garbeanus       1600-1900   X    X
  Brachycephalus sp. n.                      X    X
  Ischnocnema erythromera                    X    X     DD
  Ischnocnema holti                1600      X          DD
  Ischnocnema sp. (gr. lactea)               X    X
  Cycloramphus brasiliensis                  X          NT
  Flectonotus sp.                1600-1900   X    X
  Gastrotheca ernestoi             1900      X          DD
  Aplastodiscus eugenioi                                NT
  Hypsiboas secedens                         X          DD
  Crossodactylus aeneus                                 DD
  Hylodes charadranaetes                     X          DD
  Hylodes pipilans                           X          DD
  Chiasmocleis carvalhoi                                EN
  Holoaden pholeter                          X    X     DD
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Date:Feb 1, 2013
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