Ângelo Parise Pinto's Lab

About the lab

Our Lab investigates all aspects of the research fields of Comparative Biology, Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity Conservation. We aim understand patterns and processes which modeled the extant biodiversity on aquatic insects. The main projects are on taxonomy, phylogenetic systematics, biogeography and conservation of South American dragonflies and damselflies

Featured research (4)

RESUMO A tribo Mischocyttarini possui ninho do tipo estelocítaro gimnódomo, constituído por um pedúnculo, um único favo e sem envelope protetor, o que deixa os indivíduos vulneráveis. Devido a essa característica, a camuflagem e a nidificação em diversos substratos são exemplos de estratégias de sobrevivência desses vespídeos. Com isso, este estudo tem por objetivo reportar o uso de ninhos abandonados de Polybia para nidificação de Mischocyttarus. Os relatos ocorreram entre junho e agosto de 2022 no Instituto Federal do Sul de Minas Campus Inconfidentes. Foram encontrados dois ninhos abandonados de Polybia sendo utilizados como substrato para nidificação de Mischocyttarus socialis e M. cerberus, e isso provavelmente constitui uma estratégia para proteção de suas colônias.
Odonata sampling effort in the state of Minas Gerais has intensified throughout the 21 st century. However, research on these insects in some regions and ecosystems such as the Deciduous Forest are incipient, and the effect of prolonged dry periods over these insects is still unknown. This study thus aimed to assess changes in adult Odonata species composition over one year in a Brazilian Deciduous Forest and the Odonata species richness in the Mata Seca State Park in the Manga and Itacarambi municipalities in the Northern region of the state of Minas Gerais State, Brazil. Twenty-four days of sampling were distributed in February, May, July and November, adopting an active search through entomological nets close to lentic environments (Lagoa Angical, Lagoa Comprida, Lagoa Encantada, Lagoa da Prata and two wetlands of Lajedo da Lua); lotic environments (São Francisco river) and in associated terrestrial ecosystems. In total, 55 species were collected. Rainy and dry periods altered Odonata communities' composition but did not affect species richness and abundance due to the presence of permanent lagoons associated with the São Francisco river. This study shows the importance of the Mata Seca State Park for preserving Odonatofauna in the state of Minas Gerais and for protecting those permanent lagoons.

Lab head

Ângelo Parise Pinto
  • Department of Zoology
About Ângelo Parise Pinto
  • I am interested in all aspects of comparative biology and odonatology. My major research projects are on systematics, biogeography and conservation of Neotropical dragonflies.

Members (11)

Marcos Magalhães Souza
  • Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Sul de Minas Gerais
Alcimar Carvalho
  • Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
León ANDRÉS Pérez- Gutiérrez
  • Universidad del Atlántico
Taiguara Pereira de Gouvêa
  • Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Sul de Minas Gerais
Eike Daniel Fôlha Ferreira
  • Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Sul de Minas Gerais
Breno Rodrigo de Araujo
  • Universidade Federal do Paraná
Caio Silva dos Anjos
  • Universidade Federal do Paraná
Juliana Ehlert
  • Universidade Federal do Paraná