Manfredo A. Turcios-Casco

Manfredo A. Turcios-Casco
Tomsk State University · Research Institute of Biology and Biophysics

Master in Biodiversity
Ecology of mammals.

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Introduction
As a researcher of the group "The Big Bat Theory", I have a total of eight years of experience working with Honduran wildlife including: research, monitoring, conservation, handling animals and delivering medical treatment. Within those eight years, I have over six years of experience researching and monitoring bats in Honduras, specifically in eastern (La Mosquitia), and the dry forests in southern and western Honduras, during which I have also been an active in national and international conservation initiatives for the preservation of species. In addition, I have spent four years studying the Phyllostomid bat group in Honduras in different ecosystems. My career goal is applied science research that leads to constructive conservation outcomes.
Additional affiliations
March 2017 - present
ICF
Position
  • Researcher
January 2013 - January 2016
National Autonomous University of Honduras
Position
  • Technician
Description
  • Assistant of the laboratory of Vegetal Taxonomy 1 and 2
Education
February 2020 - May 2020
Universidade Federal de Santa Maria
Field of study
  • Ecology and Evolution
September 2018 - September 2020
Tomsk State University
Field of study
  • Biodiversity
January 2012 - January 2016

Publications

Publications (42)
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Information about opossums in Honduras has been scarce. Although there have been sporadic records of species, it was not clear which and how many species were occurring in the country because of taxonomic discussions and the group being understudied. Over the years, different authors studying mammals in Honduras have accepted or rejected the occurr...
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The family Polychrotidae Fitzinger, 1843 is represented in Honduras by a single species, Polychrus gutturosus Berthold, 1845. This canopy dweller is distributed in the lowland moist forests and riparian forest within pine savannah of the northern and eastern regions of Honduras. Only 13 records and nine localities support the presence of the specie...
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In the last review of the xenarthrans of Honduras, Cabassous centralis was considered a rare spe- cies, with 23 confirmed records. Here we present five new records for the country, confirming the species in three declared protected areas (Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, Montecillos Biological Reserve, and Misoco Biological Reserve) in Olancho, Intib...
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During a November 2021 to January 2022 camera trap survey in the core zone of Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras, we detected the first instance of verified reproduction of a giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) for northern Central America. As part of a permanent monitoring program using camera stations, an adult female giant anteater wit...
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Understanding biodiversity patterns as well as drivers of population declines, and range losses provides crucial baselines for monitoring and conservation. However, the information needed to evaluate such trends remains unstandardised and sparsely available for many taxonomic groups and habitats, including the cave-dwelling bats and cave ecosystems...
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Geographical barriers, distance, and environmental gradients may determine variation in species composition of bat assem- blages in tropical regions. For example, bats assume a wide variety of foraging strategies, dietary traits, diferent light abili- ties, and New World leaf-nosed bats (Phyllostomidae) are among the most functionally diverse famil...
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Bat records from Honduras reported herein are based on 11,163 individuals representing 113 species and eight families, recorded from 1860 to 2020. The Global Biodiversity Informa-tion Facility (GBIF) and published records were used to document the history of bat collecting in Honduras, and the number of species expected for the country and their re...
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Urbanization is a phenomenon that results in fragmentation and eventual destruction of forests. Suburbanization is a subset of that same phenomenon in which fragmentation has resulted in the retention of small patches of the original forest and surviving old growth trees. Alternatively, the area surrounding the cen- tral city had been cleared for a...
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En Honduras, los estudios sobre murciélagos son escasos y se desconoce cómo la actividad de los murciélagos filostómidos es influenciada por factores ambientales. Describimos patrones de actividad de especies de murciélagos filostómidos en Ciudad Universitaria, Francisco Mo- razán (centro de Honduras). Realizamos 21 jornadas y capturamos murciélago...
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We captured mormoopids, phyllostomids, and vespertilionids in Honduras to collect bat ectoparasites. Two species of Spinturnicidae (Acari) are the first reports of this family in Honduras. One species of Basilia Miranda Ribeiro, 1903, and four of Streblidae are recorded for the first time in Honduras. With these results, the current species number...
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The Xenarthra are one of the least studied mammalian groups in Honduras. Their ecology, natural history, and distribution in the country are poorly known. Here we compile and discuss, for the first time, the available information about the seven species of Xenarthra that occur in Honduras. We also present new distribution records and comment on the...
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This pandemic situation requests a correct understanding of our impacts on wildlife conservation , which would also provide benefits for our species. In this commentary we revised and discussed some of the repercussions that SARS-CoV-2 pandemic may have to wildlife. We propose four actions that should be taken into account to protect and conserve w...
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Choloepus hoffmanni Peters, 1858 ha sido poco estudiada en Honduras, el país más septentrional de su distribución. Presentamos algunas observaciones sobre su distribución, dieta, comportamiento y amenazas en el país. Los registros confirmados para la especie en Honduras incluyen 11 documentados con anterioridad y seis nuevos, presentados aquí. De l...
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In Central America, Vampyressa is represented by two species, Vampyressa elisabethae and V. thyone. The latter is the only representative of the genus in Honduras and the most recent record was in 2007. Six surveys were carried out in the Departments of Cortés, Atlántida and Gracias a Dios. Only seven individuals of V. thyone were recorded between...
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Estudiamos la diversidad de murciélagos en cinco diferentes coberturas vegetales del Caribe hondureño y nicaragüense: bosque maduro (BM), bosque secundario (BS), bosque ripario (BR), tacotales o guamiles (TG) y áreas abiertas (HA); determinando aspectos ecológicos y de conservación para todo el paisaje. Realizamos un esfuerzo de muestreo de 1.362 h...
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Resumen Se estimó la diversidad de murciélagos de Sabanagrande a partir de cuatro sitios del bosque húmedo subtropical en la zona centro sur de Honduras. Se registró un total de 29 especies en cuatro familias, que junto a los registros históricos de la zona, indicarían que en el sitio se puede encontrar el 25,7% de las especies de murciélagos repor...
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The Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve (RPBR) represents the most important region in Honduras for conservation of the biodiversity of the country. From May 2017 to January 2019, we installed 24 camera traps in the RPBR to monitor big mammals, including Myrmecophaga tri-dactyla. In 1512 camera-trapping hours, the giant anteater was recorded in two photo...
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Since 1984, no morphometric data has been recorded for Ectophylla alba in Honduras. Records of pregnant females and description of roosts used by this species were never reported for the country. We describe herein a tent of Heliconia sp. used by three individuals of E. alba, report two records of pregnant females; with ecological data of three ind...
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Of the 113 bat species that occur in Honduras, the Geoffroy's tailless bat, Anoura geoffroyi Gray, 1838, and the Eastern Pipistrelle, Perimyotis subflavus (F. Cuvier, 1832), are among the least studied. Here we report the first records of A. geoffroyi and P. subflavus in a cave known as El Ermitaño in Cerro Azul Copán National Park (abbreviation in...
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La alta riqueza de especies de la subfamilia Phyllostominae es considerada indicio de un ecosistema bien con-servado; sin embargo, es uno de los grupos menos estudiado en Honduras. En este documento presentamos los primeros registros de Chrotopterus auritus (Peters, 1856) y Tonatia bakeri Williams, Willig & Reid, 1995 para el departamento de Gracia...
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During the last century, survey efforts for mammals in Honduras have been few and most distributional and conservation assessments of bats have been based on historical records. Taxonomy of many records has changed. Moreover, a number of supposed Honduran occurrences are based on records from bordering countries without confirmation by a Honduran v...
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Lonchorhina is one of the most representative genera of the Phyllostomidae and is distributed from northern Mexico to northern Brazil. Currently, the genus contains six species: L. aurita, L. orinocensis, L. marinkellei, L. fernandezi, L. inusitata, and L. mankomara (Mantilla- Meluk and Montenegro, 2016; Morales- Martínez and López-Arévalo, 2018)....
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For years, the identification of Artibeus species has been controversial due to the overlap of morphometric characteristics between species. From February 2015 to September 2019, we sampled 25 sites in 10 departments of Honduras, and captured 81 Artibeus individuals using mist-nets. We determined the morphometric measurements that may be helpful in...
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We describe the records of two adult males of Chiroderma trinitatum captured in the Caribbean lowlands of Ciudad Blanca, Gracias a Dios in eastern Honduras. These records extend more than 527 km from what was known as the northernmost record of this uncommon species in Costa Rica. Further research is needed for the conservation of the biodiversity...
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The Pale-face bat (Phylloderma stenops) is a species found from southern Mexico to South America and there has been no record of this species in Honduras since 1971. We rediscovered this species 46 years later based on an adult male captured in eastern Honduras (Ciudad Blanca, Gracias a Dios) at 204 m asl on February 20, 2017, in a Tropical Moist F...
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Mimon cozumelae Goldman, 1914 is a poorly studied phyllostomid bat with occurrence records in Honduras dating from 17 years ago. During a survey from 13-22 September 2018 in the core of the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, northeastern Honduras, we captured two M. cozumelae in a sample of 43 individuals recognized in 11 bat species. These records rep...
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Coyotes (Canis latrans) are considered opportunistic carnivores that have been poorly studied in Honduras since 1939. Herein we describe the first breeding documented for this species in Honduras. Additionally, we discussed the behavior of eight captive Coyotes for the first time in Honduras based on direct observations made to the herd from May 20...
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Leaf-nose or Phyllostomid bats represent the most diverse family of mammals referring to feeding habits, including frugivory. Species of this family have a wide range of food habits. However, there is scarce information about the specific diet per species in Honduras. We studied the feces of seven Phyllostomid bat species captured in a subtropical...
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Caves are important reservoirs for species, including bats, but in Honduras there is little known information about these biodiverse ecosystems. We describe the importance of two caves in Ceguaca in western Honduras, based on the species richness of each cave. From December 2015 to May 2016, we used three mist-nets in seven journeys (74.27 mist-net...
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The Honduran Mosquitia constitutes one of the least explored and most pristine areas of lowland rain forest remaining in Central America. The Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve (RPBR), located in the Mosquitia region of northeastern Honduras, is the largest protected area in the country. It’s 350,000 hectares cover a vast expanse of largely intact ecosy...
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Due to susceptibility to poaching and often large area requirements, an intact community of native large mammals is one of the best indicators of the conservation status of a site. We conducted surveys of medium and large-sized mammals at Ciudad Blanca deep in the core zone of the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve (RPBR) in the Honduran Mosquitia to ev...
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Se realizó una evaluación ecológica rápida sobre las especies de anfibios y reptiles en la histórica Ciudad del Jaguar en el área de Ciudad Blanca, la cual forma parte de la cuenca alta de la Reserva del Hombre y la Biosfera del Río Plátano. El esfuerzo de muestreo fue de 252 horas/hombre y 381.6 horas/trampa (trampas de caída), para un total de 63...
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The geographic distributions of Hylonycteris underwoodi and Thyroptera tricolor in Honduras have been established with specimens collected more than 50 years ago. Here, we describe the occurrence of these bat species captured in the historic city of Ciudad Blanca, Gracias a Dios in northeastern Honduras.
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Se presenta un resumen sobre los registros de murciélagos desde el 2003 hasta la fecha de murciélagos en La Moskitia hondureña. Aproximadamente se han registrado 1.53 individuos por hora/red, en 53 sitios de muestreo y 1220.92 horas/red. Para este esfuerzo de muestreo se ha conocido el 79 y 86 % especies esperadas para La Moskitia hondureña. Este p...
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The primary objective of this study was to determine if color pattern variation in individuals of R. alata is associated with environmental factors or the size of the toads, and to provide ecological data associated with the observed individuals.
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Rhinobothryum bovallii Andersson is rediscovered from the northern part of Central America in the historic site of "Ciudad Blanca" in the Honduran Mosquitia, Departamento de Gracias a Dios. Since a 1965 record reporting a specimen of R. bovallii from Arenales, El Paraíso, Honduras, no records of this species have been recorded from north of Costa R...
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Las especies que conforman a la familia Phyllostomidae, poseen diversos hábitos alimenticios de acuerdo con la disponibilidad de alimentos. A continuación, se describen ciertas variaciones en las dietas de murciélagos filostómidos en Suyapa, Francisco Morazán (Honduras). Desde febrero de 2015 hasta abril de 2016 se han realizado 21 jornadas (124.77...
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Este afiche se presentó en el congreso nacional de la Facultad de Ciencias de la UNAH en junio de 2016 y es una presentación de un proyecto sobre los sonidos de anuros de Mesoamérica, en donde se presentaron algunos resultados preliminares.
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Los murciélagos frugívoros representan una pieza clave para la naturaleza, en cuanto a dispersión de semilla se refiere, y siendo la dispersión de semillas de Muntingia calabura un gran ejemplo. Por lo tanto este estudio tiene como objetivo determinar la importancia de los murciélagos frugívoros en la distribución y dispersión de semillas, lo cual...

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I am from Honduras, a country with many challenges, as other countries, that stop research, from bureaucratic processes to the lack of support from teachers; from the high cost of all the process to be legalized to the lack of financial support. There are less than 20 PhDs in all the biological field in Honduras, and a great percentage is out from the country. It will great to hear from all your experiences in different countries to see how we can overcome to some of this issues. Thank you for taking your time for answering this question.

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The databasing for global bat cave has started in 2014. This project aims to develop, collate, and synthesis publicly available data of cave-dwelling bats across time and space including their population, surveys, distribution, threatening process, endemism, traits, and ecological status. The database now includes more than thousands of dataset from across the globe, and we aim to publish the dataset by 2020 and make it publicly open for other bat scientists and conservationists to gain access and utilise on their respective projects and research.
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After studying the distribution and natural history of the bats of Honduras for almost six year, we now, briefly, comprehend their occurrence in the country. Now we are starting more systematic studies, including their distributional occurrence in different gradients; the first studies of bat ectoparasites in Honduras; an ecological study related to the effects of sub ubranization in the diversity of bats in Honduras; phylogenetics of the genus Chiroderma in Honduras; and the first study of pollination by bats. This big project is due to the big efforts of different people around the world, including Honduras, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Costa Rica, USA, Italy, and Netherlands.