Henrique Caldeira Costa

Henrique Caldeira Costa
Federal University of Juiz de Fora · Departamento de Zoologia (ZOO)

DSc.
Adjunct Professor, UFJF, Brazil

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Introduction
I am a Professor at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. My research focus on Brazilian herpetology, mainly reptiles, specially their taxonomy, biogeography and species inventories. I am also a science outreach writer.
Additional affiliations
October 2019 - present
Federal University of Juiz de Fora
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • Professor, advisor, and researcher
April 2012 - June 2013
Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV), Campus Florestal, Brazil
Position
  • Lecturer
March 2012 - June 2013
Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV)
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Education
July 2014 - September 2018
February 2008 - May 2010
Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV)
Field of study
  • Animal Biology

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Publications (109)
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Novos registros dos lagartos Ameivula cipoensis Arias et al., 2014, Enyalius capetinga Breitman et al., 2018, Psilops paeminosus (Rodrigues, 1991) e Tupinambis quadrilineatus Manzani & Abe, 1997 (Squamata) para o estado de Minas Gerais, Brasil, através da ciência cidadã
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Color anomalies are rarely reported in Amphisbaenia. We present the first record of amelanism in this group based on a specimen of Amphisbaena darwinii from Argentina. The photos were uploaded to a citizen science platform, reinforcing the positive impact of citizen science to filling gaps in our knowledge about biodiversity.
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1. Studying species interactions in nature often requires elaborated logistics and intense fieldwork. The difficulties in such task might hinder our ability to answer questions on how biotic interactions change with the environment. Fortunately, a workaround to this problem lies within scientific collections. 2. For some animals, the inspection of...
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The snake species Typhlops wilderi (today Liotyphlops wilderi) was described in 1883 based on specimens from São Cyriaco, in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The name of this type locality has been cited in different ways in the literature, making its geographic location confusing. Solving this question is an important issue for future taxonomy and systematic...
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We present the list of Brazilian reptiles for the year 2021. Brazil has 848 species of reptiles whose presence is confirmed within its borders: 38 Testudines, 6 Crocodylia, and 804 Squamata (82 amphisbaenians, 292 lizards, and 430 snakes). If subspecies are counted, the number increases to 885 taxa. This is the third richest reptile fauna in the wo...
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Amphisbaena mertensii is a worm lizard species from South America. Because of its subterranean lifestyle, data on its biology are scarce. In this paper, we present the first record of A. mertensii as prey of a bird, the wood rail Aramides cajaneus. We also review the geographic range of this species, reporting it for 114 localities from west-centra...
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We report for the first time the occurrence of the venomous snake species Micrurus ibiboboca in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, based on a specimen collected in an Atlantic Forest area. This is the sixth record of a venomous coral snake in Minas Gerais and increases to 160 the number of known snake species in the state.
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While visiting the reptile collection of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), I encountered a specimen of A. spurrelli from Panama that was not recorded in the literature. This specimen (AMNH 115649; Figure 1) was collected on 14 August 1976 by Pedro Galindo and Rodolfo Hinds in a flooded forest in the Majecito River of the Bayano River D...
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Predator–prey interactions are important evolutionary drivers of defensive behaviors, but they are usually difficult to record. This lack of data on natural history and ecological interactions of species can be overcome through museum specimens, at least for some reptiles. When facing aggressive interactions, reptile species may exhibit the defensi...
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Serpentiform body is a morphological adaptation present in several groups of animals. This body shape is often associated with snakes, which can result in the indiscriminate killing of animals. Despite their great socioeconomic and ecological importance, snakes are commonly associated with feelings of aversion, fear, and disgust, that may lead to t...
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We describe a new species of Amphisbaena from the Caatinga of northeastern Brazil. The new taxon is identified mainly by having 216–239 body annuli, 13–17 caudal annuli without autotomic site, 4–8 (usually six) precloacal pores without a median hiatus, 18–24 dorsal and 18–24 ventral segments at a midbody annulus, 4 supralabials, 3 infralabials, and...
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Accurate and detailed species distribution maps are fundamental for documenting and interpreting biological diversity. For snakes, an ecologically diverse group of reptiles, syntheses and detailed data on distribution patterns remain scarce. We present the first comprehensive collection of detailed, voucher-based, point-locality, range maps for all...
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We present new records of Amphisbaena metallurga (the first outside the type locality) and A. sanctaeritae (previously known only for the holotype), extending their known geographic ranges and improving their morphological descriptions. Additionally, we report for the first time the presence of A. hiata in Brazil. These new findings give continuity...
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As anfisbênias são um intrigante grupo de répteis fossoriais, com cerca de 200 espécies conhecidas, distribuídas na América do Sul, Caribe, oeste do México, Flórida, África, Península Ibérica, Anatólia e Oriente Médio. Neste artigo, apresentamos uma visão geral sobre diferentes aspectos da biologia desses animais, incluindo suas principais caracter...
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Amphisbaena talisiae and A. mensae, two worm lizard species endemic to the Cerrado ecoregion, in central Brazil, are considered synonyms based on morphological characters. With the proposed synonymy, the name A. talisiae has priority of use over A. mensae. Amphisbaena talisiae can be distinguished from its congeners by a series of morphological cha...
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Ohler & Dubois (2018) argued that Article 23.9 of the Code cannot be used to reject the name Hyla quoyi Bory de Saint-Vincent, 1828 in favor of its junior synonym Hyla prasina Burmeister, 1856. However, their statement was based on an insufficient literature search erroneously suggesting that H. prasina had been rarely used. We discuss this issue a...
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Amphisbaena slateri is a rare species of worm lizard from Peru and Bolivia, known only from three specimens. We found two additional specimens of this taxon, housed at the herpetological collections of the Zoological Museum (Cenak), Universität Hamburg, and the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute, updating its known geographic distribution...
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Mesmo em áreas sob grande pressão antrópica, a Mata Atlântica ainda suporta uma elevada diversidade biológica e inúmeras espécies endêmicas. Cerca de 220 espécies de serpentes já foram registradas para este bioma, muitas das quais são restritas a pequenos fragmentos florestais. Nesse guia, nós examinamos uma pequena parte dessa riqueza. As espécies...
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We describe a new species of Amphisbaena from the Caatinga in the northern region of Bahia, northeastern Brazil. The new taxon is identified mainly by having two precloacal pores, 158–165 body annuli, 12–14 caudal annuli with autotomy on the third and fourth annuli, 14–16 dorsal and 15–16 ventral segments on a midbody annulus, four supralabials, th...
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We present an updated checklist of Brazilian reptile species and, for the first time, its confirmed presence in federation units (26 states and the Federal District). Brazil has the third richest reptile fauna in the world, with 795 species: 36 Testudines, 6 Crocodylia, and 753 Squamata (72 amphisbaenians, 276 “lizards”, and 405 snakes). If subspec...
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Understanding how we built our knowledge on species descriptions is especially important in biodiversity hotspots, since those regions potentially harbour many undescribed-endemic species that are already threatened by intensification of human activities. We compiled an extensive dataset on anuran, lizard, and snake assemblages in the Atlantic Fore...
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These data correspond to information on average description year of anuran, lizard, and snake species in multiple localities in the Atlantic Forest biodiversity hotspot, as well as data on geographic and socioeconomic variables that potentially explain species discovery trends. More specifically, we provided data on 376 species assemblages of anura...
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Amphisbaena rozei is endemic to the Caura River basin in Venezuela, and known only from the holotype and one paratype. Its original description is very brief, lacking relevant information used by taxonomists today. Additionally, A. rozei appears to be similar to A. spurrelli, a species from northwestern Colombia and southern Panama. We present a re...
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The 'Zona da Mata' of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil, has less than 10% of remaining native vegetation and is home of a rich herpetofauna, still poorly surveyed. We present the results of an assessment of lizard and amphisbaenian species at Atlantic Forest fragments in the municipality of Cataguases, state of Minas Gerais, from 2009 to 2013. We...
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Aim: Snake faunal dissimilarity within tropical forests is not well characterized, nor are the factors underlying these patterns. Our aim was to disentangle the ecological and historical factors driving biogeographical subregions (BSR) for snakes. LocationBrazilian Atlantic Forest (BAF). Methods: We compiled 274 snake inventories to build a specie...
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This is the (1) R-script needed to reproduce the analysis of drivers of compositional and phylogenetic beta-diversity in Atlantic Forest snake assemblages and the (2) csv file contains all raw data needed to run the R-script provided in this digital repository. Briefly, the first row of the csv file is the heading, and the next 218 rows correspond...
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1. The ongoing biodiversity crisis increases the importance and urgency of studies addressing the role of environmental variation on the composition and evolutionary history of species assemblages, but especially the tropics and ectotherms remain understudied. 2. In regions with rainy summers, coexistence of ectothermic species may be determined by...
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We update the known geographic distribution of the snake species Trilepida jani, extending its northernmost record to Parque Estadual de Grão Mogol, state of Minas Gerais, 260 km from the closest record. We also correct literature records of Trilepida koppesi from the Atlantic Forest of Minas Gerais, re-identifying the specimens as T. salgueiroi. F...
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SUPPORTING INFORMATION TO Moura, M.R., Argôlo, A.J., Costa, H.C. (2016) Historical and contemporary correlates of snake biogeographical subregions in the Atlantic Forest hotspot. Journal of Biogeography, DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12900. Appendix S2 - Additional figures and tables.
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SUPPORTING INFORMATION TO: Moura, M.R., Argôlo, A.J., Costa, H.C. (2016) Historical and contemporary correlates of snake biogeographical subregions in the Atlantic Forest hotspot. Journal of Biogeography, DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12900. Appendix S1 Comments on taxonomical nomenclature and additional tables (Table S1.1– S1.3) containing the snake species l...
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SUPPORTING INFORMATION TO Moura, M.R., Argôlo, A.J., Costa, H.C. (2017) Historical and contemporary correlates of snake biogeographical subregions in the Atlantic Forest hotspot. Journal of Biogeography, DOI 10.1111/jbi.12900. Appendix 1 - Data sources.
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Teiidae and Gymnophthalmidae are lizard families endemic to the Neotropical region (Vitt & Caldwell 2014), with about 150 and 245 valid living species, respectively (Uetz & Hošek 2015). Extinct teiid taxa are known from the Cretaceous to the Holocene (Albino 2005; Estes 1983b; Sullivan & Estes 1997). The authorship of Teiidae is undoubtedly attribu...
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Helicops is a genus of Neotropical watersnakes containing 16 species. Based on morphological (scale counts, dentition, coloration, and hemipenis anatomy) and genetic data (16S rRNA and C-mos genes), we identify a new species of this genus. The new taxon is diagnosed by having 17-17-15 dorsal scale rows; 111–117 ventral plates; 41–56 subcaudals with...
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Climate change may cause several biodiversity impacts in the near future, including shifts in the range of species, as well as local population declines. Distribution modeling tools have proven to be useful to predict areas with environmentally suitable conditions for numerous taxa, and predicting these changes in distribution are critically import...
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We correct and clarify some nomenclatural issues involving family‐level and species‐level nomina of Platyrrhini. First, we found that the authorship of Ateles hypoxanthus, Cebus xantosternos, and Callithrix melanochir should be attributed to Wied (1820) not Kuhl (1820), based on the date of publication. We also conclude that: i) Thomas (1903) is th...
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Data on species distribution is basic information for many research fields, including assessment of conservation status. Usually, this issue is non-available or it is incomplete for fossorial species. Herein, we provide an updated map of distribution and new records of occurrence of the blind snake Liotyphlops beui. Although it is one of the most w...
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Uma nova espécie de Amphisbaena é descrita de uma floresta semidecidual em Conceição do Mato Dentro, sul da Cadeia do Espinhaço, Minas Gerais, Brasil. A seguinte combinação de caracteres permite diagnosticar a nova espécie das demais congêneres: cabeça arredondada; dois ou três poros pré-cloacais dispostos em sequência; 190-199 annuli corporais; 2-...
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Hydromedusa maximiliani is a freshwater turtle endemic to the Atlantic Forest of eastern and southeastern Brazil and threatened by extinction. Here, we add 15 new locality records for this species based on photographs of specimens encountered in the field and examination of museum collections. We also used ecological niche modeling tools of 3 diffe...
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Lema (2004) described Apostolepis tertulianobeui based on a single specimen (a young male) from "hinterland Minas Gerais state". The holotype was originally housed in the collection of Instituto Pinheiros Produtos Terapêuticos S.A. and labeled as IP 1934 (Lema 2004). The Instituto Pinheiros was founded in 1928 in the city of São Paulo, Brazil and b...
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Mussurana montana is a poorly known dipsadid snake endemic to elevated areas in the Atlantic Forest of southeastern Brazil. After the examination of specimens deposited in scientific collections, we update the distribution range of M. montana with five new locality records, including its first record from the state of Rio de Janeiro, and a new nort...
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We report Siphlophis leucocephalus in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. This species is now known to occur in ombrophilous and semidecidual forests in the state of Bahia, and Cerrado gallery forests in Tocantins and Minas Gerais. We also review the distribution of S. longicaudatus, a species inhabiting dense ombrophilous forests, ecotones with m...
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The snake species Pseudoboa coronata has wide distribution from central Brazil to coastal Venezu-ela and the Guianas, eastern Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. In this note, the known distribution range of P. coronata is extended eastward to the border between the states of Bahia and Pernambuco, and southward to Cachoeira Alta, state of Goiás,...