Amanda Cruz Mendes

Amanda Cruz Mendes
Rio de Janeiro State University | UERJ · Departamento de Zoologia (DZ)

PhD

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Introduction
Professor at Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro Current research projects on: Systematics of Opiliones, Cataloging, Soil Diversity of Arthropods, Gender Bias in Science, and Biology Teaching in Brazilian Secondary Education
Additional affiliations
February 2014 - present
Rio de Janeiro State University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
March 2013 - July 2013
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Position
  • Substitute Professor
February 2003 - February 2014
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Position
  • Research Associate
Education
July 2005 - September 2009

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Publications (34)
Poster
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Usage of Science Communication as a strategy for teaching evolution to undergraduates in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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O ensino de Biologia carrega uma herança tradicionalista, exaustivamente descritiva. Isto influencia negativamente o interesse dos alunos pela disciplina, distanciando-os do cotidiano. Portanto se faz necessário abordagens investigativas e colaborativas que levem em consideração conceitos prévios dos alunos. Foi elaborada uma aula que os alunos pro...
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The cosmetids are conspicuous harvestmen, remarkably diverse in size, shape and colour. However, the effectiveness of all these morphological traits for diagnosing groups is scarcely explored in the literature. Since the early 20th century, the family Cosmetidae has been divided into two subfamilies, Cosmetinae and Discosomaticinae, and there has b...
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Kury A. B., Mendes A. C., Cardoso L., Kury M. S., Granado A. de A., Giribet G., Cruz-López J. A., Longhorn S. J. (2021). WCO: World Catalogue of Opiliones (version 2021-03-23). In: Catalogue of Life, et al. (2021). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life, 2021-04-05. Digital resource at www.catalogueoflife.org. Species 2000: Naturalis, Leiden, the Ne...
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A academia científica está edificada sobre um profundo viés que privilegia os homens e resulta numa progressão de carreira diferenciada entre gêneros e áreas. Nas chamadas ciências duras (Ciências, Matemática, Engenharia e Tecnologia) a presença feminina domina a base da pirâmide da carreira acadêmica, mas declina a cada nível seguinte devido às di...
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The "World Catalogue of Opiliones" (WCO) is a collaborative effort to comprehensively index the Earth's species of harvestmen. This paper announces one component of the WCO, "WCO-Lite" a website available at https://wcolite.com/. WCO-Lite provides a graphic user interface for a second component of the WCO, "Opiliones of the World", a database on th...
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Resumo: A representação feminina na ciência é frequentemente explicada pela metáfora do “leaky pipeline”, onde em cada estágio da academia, há uma redução ou ausência de pesquisadoras ocupando o mais alto nível da academia, semelhante a um vazamento em um oleoduto. Várias razões para as mulheres interromperem suas carreiras científicas foram identi...
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Resumo: A participação feminina nos meios acadêmicos tem aumentado como fruto da luta de mulheres para afirmar suas posições em todas as áreas da sociedade. Esse incremento, todavia, é maior em áreas estereotipadas como femininas (humanas). O campo das “ciências duras” (STEM) continua predominantemente masculino. Os efeitos pervasivos de uma academ...
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Las aracnólogas de la generación Y, o millennials, traen nuevas demandas al mundo académico y si destacan por su confianza, alta formación académica, ambición, objetivos profesionales definidos y conciencia de los problemas a cerca de la baja representatividad de los grupos minoritarios. Sin embargo, aún con todas estas actitudes, todavía no hay mu...
Research
This is minor version 1.2 of the WCO-Lite website, containing one more layer of this nomenclatural/taxonomic endeavor. Version 1.2 contains bibliographic references for taxa nomina (exhaustive up to suprageneric taxa) and features a new author in the project team.
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Heteropachylus Roewer is the type genus of Heteropachylinae Kury, endemic to the Atlantic forest, Brazil. Heteropachyline males bear free tergites at least partially fused to dorsal scutum, besides other sexually dimorphic features common in gonyleptids as a higher ratio of maximum widths of abdominal scute and carapace and stronger armature of leg...
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WCO-Lite (with the word “light” restyled as “lite”) is a slenderer, more agile, online version of WCO, aiming to be a public-ready, authoritative reference for taxonomy of all subtaxa of harvestmen worldwide. WCO-Lite is being developed using an integrated web-based workbench for taxonomists called TaxonWorks (http://taxonworks.org/), created by Th...
Research
WEBSITE: Kury, A.B., Mendes, A.C., Cardoso, L., Kury, M.S. & Granado, A.de A. (2020) World Catalogue of Opiliones. WCO-Lite version 1.1. Online at: https://wcolite.com/. Complete list of valid taxon nomina of harvestmen from suborder to subspecies; exhaustive taxonomic survey up to December 2018
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The genus nomen Larifuga Loman, 1898 was originally published without stated grammatical gender. No possible indications of gender are provided by the specific epithets, as all of them are nouns in the genitive. This genus nomen has consistently been treated as feminine in the literature. However, as shown here, it is a masculine classical Latin wo...
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In this chapter, the state of art of the arachnid fauna of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest is presented, emphasizing diverse aspects of their systematics, morphology, natural history, distribution and conservation. Almost all groups of extant arachnids are present in this biome, such as mites, whip-spiders, spiders, scorpions, whip-scorpions, schizom...
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Two new species of Heteropachylinae Kury, 1994, are described: Magnispina robusta sp. nov. and Magnispina bahiana sp. nov., both from Serra Bonita Natural Reserve, Camacan, Bahia, Brazil. Magnispina robusta sp. nov. is diagnosed by: free tergites II–III with tubercles on their lateral margins, free tergite III without median armature, dorsal anal o...
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Comprising more than 6500 species, Opiliones is the third most diverse order of Arachnida, after the megadiverse Acari and Araneae. The database referred here is part 1 of 12 of a project containing an intended worldwide checklist of species and subspecies of Opiliones as Darwin Core archives, and it includes the superfamilies Travunioidea and Tria...
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Darwin Core Archive: World Checklist of Opiliones species (Arachnida). Part 1: Laniatores – Travunioidea and Triaenonychoidea
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We add three new species to the formerly monotypic Amazonian Hutamaia, Hutamaia maceta sp. nov., Hutamaia plei sp. nov. and Hutamaia trompsonica sp. nov. and compare them with the type species, Hutamaia caramaschii Soares & Soares, 1977. Hutamaia was known only from two localities: Humaitá, Amazonas, Brazil (type locality of the type species), and...
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We describe Metarthrodes oxum sp. nov. from Camacan, state of Bahia, Brazil, the second species of Caelopyginae described from the state, after Metarthrodes xango Pinto-da-Rocha, 2002. Metarthrodes oxum sp. nov. can be recognized by the presence of a pair of white spots on area I, white C-shaped stripes on lateral grooves of area Ill, posterior mar...
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Acumontia succinea sp. nov. is described from the Parc national de la Montagne d'Ambre, in the former Antsiranana Province, Madagascar. Detailed illustrations from all views of the male genitalia of a species of Acumontia are provided for the first time. Complementary illustrations are provided of the types of the five valid species of Acumontia de...
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Heteropachylinae Kury, 1994 is currently considered an early lineage of Gonyleptidae Sundevall, 1833 and includes small harvestmen that occur in the Atlantic Forests, mainly in the Northeast Region of Brazil. The species of Heteropachylinae were spread in different subfamilies until the establishment of the group. As a result of that, until now the...
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Among the 64 genera of Triaenonychinae Sørensen 1886 (Opiliones, Insidiatores), two are found in more than one continent: Ceratomontia Roewer 1915 and Nuncia Loman 1902, both occurring in South America, the former occurring also in South Africa, the latter in New Zealand. Until now there were 22 valid species of Ceratomontia, diagnosed mainly by th...
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The taxonomic status of the generic names of European Travuniidae is studied. Although the generic name Abasola Strand, 1928 is widely used, Travunia Absolon, 1920 is a valid replacement name for Absolonia Roewer, 1915, junior homonym of Absolonia Börner, 1901 (Collembola), while Abasola is a superfluous replacement name for the same. Type species...
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The potential effect of the fucose mannose ligand (FML)-vaccine on immunotherapy of canine visceral leishmaniasis was assayed on five mongrel dogs experimentally infected with Leishmania donovani and on 21 Leishmania chagasi naturally infected dogs when seropositive to FML but completely asymptomatic. The clinical signs of the experimentally infect...
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The monotypic genus Thaumatoleptes Roewer, 1930 is studied. The type species, Thaumatoleptes rugosus Roewer, 1930, is redescribed and newly recorded from Fernando de Noronha Island. The male genitalia are for the first time described and illustrated.

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Support Women in Arachnology is an organization that brings together female scientists working in the field of Arachnology. Our organization arose from the strong need to make known both persistent and pressing gender biases and stereotypes in our community, to advance in the scientific investigations of this bias, and to act and propose guidelines and policies to be adopted to mitigate the worrying and pervasive effects of these issues in the career of women arachnologists.