Mario R Moura

Mario R Moura
Federal University of Paraíba · Department of Biological Sciences

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Introduction
I am scientist with interests on biodiversity, ecology, and conservation. Although environmental conditions naturally vary across the Earth, anthropogenic activities have dramatically changed landscapes and climate. In my research, I seek to understand how the multiple components of biodiversity (taxonomic, phylogenetic, and functional) respond to environmental changes. I am also deeply interested in how our capacity to efficiently manage the impacts of global change is affected by biodiversity
Additional affiliations
February 2020 - present
Universidade Federal da Paraíba
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
June 2018 - February 2020
Yale University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Postdoctoral Associate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
October 2017 - October 2017
Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Geoprocessing applied to biology (2017/II)
Education
September 2012 - June 2016
Federal University of Minas Gerais
Field of study
  • Ecology, Conservation and Wildlife Management
February 2009 - May 2011
Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV)
Field of study
  • Animal Biology
March 2004 - January 2009
Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV)
Field of study
  • Biological Sciences

Publications

Publications (75)
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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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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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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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Much of biodiversity remains undiscovered, causing species and their functions to remain unrealized and potentially lost in ignorance. Here we use extensive species-level data in a time-to-event model framework to identify taxonomic and geographic discovery gaps in terrestrial vertebrates. Biological, environmental and sociological factors all affe...
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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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A plethora of semi-aquatic species perform seasonal migrations to reproduce, with migration timing often relating to several factors. Human-induced environmental changes may disrupt the migration phenology of many taxa. Improving our knowledge on drivers of migration phenology helps to elucidate the impacts of climate change upon biodiversity. Here...
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Climate emergency is a significant threat to biodiversity in the 21st century, but species will not be equally affected. In summing up different species' responses at the local scale, we can assess changes in the species quantity and composition of biotic assemblages. Here we investigated climate change driven variation in species richness and spat...
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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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Meter-resolution imagery of our world and myriad biodiversity records collected through citizen scientists and automated sensors belie the fact that much of the planet’s biodiversity remains undiscovered. Conservative estimates suggest only 13 to 18% of all living species may be known at this point, although this number could be as low as 1.5%. Thi...
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There are many gaps in our biodiversity knowledge, especially in highly diverse regions such as the Neo-tropics. Basic information on species occurrence and traits are scattered throughout different literature sources, which makes it difficult to access data and ultimately delays advances in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology. We provide...
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Most species remain unknown to science and might go extinct before we recognize their existence. Although specimens belonging to many of these unknown taxa may already be housed in scientific collections, they can remain 'shelved' for years bearing the wrong name or without a formal name. We investigate factors underlying variation in time lag betw...
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There is a growing recognition that spatial scale is important for understanding eco‐ logical processes shaping community membership, but empirical evidence on this topic is still scarce. Ecological processes such as environmental filtering can decrease functional differences among species and promote functional clustering of species assemblages, w...
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There is a growing recognition that spatial scale is important for understanding ecological processes shaping community membership, but empirical evidence on this topic is still scarce. Ecological processes such as environmental filtering can decrease functional differences among species and promote functional clustering of species assemblages, whe...
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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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The role of environmental gradients as drivers of biological diversity has been the center of many discussions in ecology and evolution. Hypotheses proposed to explain broad-scale patterns of biological diversity have mechanistic bases that often overlap, at least partially. Consequently, it is often difficult to tease apart the potential effects o...
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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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Supplement to: Moura, MR et al. (2017): Historical and contemporary correlates of snake biogeographical subregions in the Atlantic Forest hotspot. Journal of Biogeography, 44(3):640-650, doi:10.1111/jbi.12900
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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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Environmental gradients (EG) related to climate, topography and vegetation are among the most important drivers of broad scale patterns of species richness. However, these different EG do not necessarily drive species richness in similar ways, potentially presenting synergistic associations when driving species richness. Understanding the synergism...
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Moran’s Index correlograms for species richness and residuals of the Spatial EigenVector Mapping models used in the variation partitioning analysis. Spatial correlograms for amphibians (A), non-volant mammals (B), bats (C) and birds (D). (TIF)
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Results of principal components analysis using climatic, topographic and biotic sets of variables. (DOCX)
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Variation in species richness explained by environmental gradients without considering the spatial structure. Primary colors (red, green and blue) denote the proportion of variation explained by the unique fraction of topographic, biotic or climatic sets. Secondary colors (yellow, cyan, magenta) denote the variation commonly explained by two of the...
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Variation partitioning contributions of species richness of Neotropical vertebrates that can be explained by biotic, climatic, topographic, and spatial sets. The identifiable fractions (adjusted R2) are designated by lower case letters following the labels displayed in Fig 5. (DOCX)
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Variation partitioning contributions of species richness of Neotropical vertebrates that can be explained by biotic, climatic, and topographic sets. The following results were obtained directly by OLS models, without spatial filters. The identifiable fractions (adjusted R2) are designated by lower case letters following the labels displayed in S2 F...
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Variance Inflation Factor (VIF) and pairwise Pearsons correlations for the first three axes of principal component analysis (PCA) using the climatic, topographic and biotic sets of explanatory variables. (DOCX)
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Apostila de atividades práticas em geoprocessamento com uso de softwares livres. Workbook on geoprocessing tools using free softwares. Language: Portuguese
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Pseudoautotomy (no spontaneous tail breakage without regeneration) occurs in the snakes Drymoluber brazili (Gomes, 1918) and Drymoluber dichrous (Peters, 1863) throughout their geographic range. Examination of 197 specimens of D. dichrous and 60 D. brazili show, respectively, a frequency of tail breakage (FTB) in 26% and 40% of specimens, similar o...
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The present study is a taxonomic revision of the genus Drymoluber Amaral, 1930, using meristic and morphometric characters, aspects of external hemipenial morphology and body coloration. Sexual dimorphism occurs in D. dichrous and D. brazili but was not detected in D. apurimacensis. Morphological variation within D. dichrous is related to geographi...
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Phalotris concolor Ferrarezzi, 1994 is a poorly known species described on the basis of a single female from municipality of Cristália, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Based on two recently collected specimens, we expand the knowledge of P. concolor with new morphological data, including the description of its hemipenis and color in life. A summary...
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A new species of the Proceratophrys cristiceps group is described from the middle São Francisco River, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, based on adult morphology and advertisement call. Proceratophrys carranca sp. n. is characterized by medium size, tubercular sagittal crests from eyelids to sacral region, subarticular tubercle of finger I sulcated, inn...
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We report new records of three poorly-known species of snakes in Minas Gerais: Bothrops lutzi (Miranda- Ribeiro, 1915), Psomophis joberti (Sauvage, 1884), and Trilepida brasiliensis (Laurent, 1949). The new records represent important filling gaps for all three species or even southern extensions in the geographic distribution of B. lutzi and P. jo...
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We provide new records of Corythomantis greeningi from southeastern Brazil, extending its southernmost distribution. The new records of C. greeningi are from an area of the Cerrado biome, in the State of Minas Gerais.
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Itapotihyla langsdorffii is widely distributed along the Brazlian Atlantic Forest, however, it presence in Minas Gerais state was restricted to five localities, all of them located within the Atlantic Forest domain. Herein, we present the first record of this species from a Cerrado region in Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil.
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In this article we report two new records of Trachycephalus mambaiensis for the state of Minas Gerais and present a map which represents the known distribution of this species. The record of T. mambaiensis from municipalities of Bonito de Minas and Januária, state of Minas Gerais represents a distribution extension of 190 km southern from the type...
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We describe for first time the advertisement call of Haddadus binotatus Spix. This is a widely distributed species in Atlantic Forest of Brazil, occurring from the state of Bahia to the state of Rio Grande do Sul (Haddad et al. 2008), where it inhabits the leaf litter of the forest floor (Heyer et al. 1990). It is relatively common at the Serra do...
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Apresentamos uma lista de anfíbios e répteis de uma região ao norte do complexo serrano da Mantiqueira, sob denominação local de Serra do Brigadeiro. Esta região compreende um remanescente de Mata Atlântica com destaque para o Parque Estadual da Serra do Brigadeiro, unidade de conservação com aproximadamente 15 mil ha nos municípios de Araponga, Di...
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We present a list of amphibians and reptiles from northern region of the Serra da Mantiqueira mountain range, under local name Serra do Brigadeiro mountain. This region comprehends an Atlantic Forest remain with emphasis at the Serra do Brigadeiro State Park, a conservation unit with approximately 15,000 ha which the boundaries are included at the...
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The geographical distribution of Luetkenotyphlus brasiliensis is reviewed based on data from the literature and examination of specimens recently collected in Brazil. We also provide new information on variation of the vomerine diastema, and meristic and morphometric data for L. brasiliensis based on Brazilian specimens.
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Morphological variation and geographical distribution of Luetkenotyphlus brasiliensis (Gymnophiona: Siphonopidae). The geographical distribution of Luetkenotyphlus brasiliensis is reviewed based on data from the literature and examination of specimens recently collected in Brazil. We also provide new information on variation of the vomerine diastem...
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We report here an observation of predation of the giant spider Ancylometes rufus on the tree frog Dendropsophus melanargyreus in a southern region of Amazonia Forest. We also reviewed the available literature on predation of this spider species on vertebrates.
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We report a new record of Scinax canastrensis from central region of Minas Gerais state. This record represents a range extension of ca. 175 km northeast from the type-locality, at Parque Nacional Serra da Canastra, and the third register of this species in Minas Gerais.
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The two-headed snake in the view of the inhabitants of Itatiaia village, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Amphisbaenids are fossorial Squamate reptiles popularly known as two-headed snakes. They are animals poorly known in urban areas, although being present in the daily life of the rural population. Aiming to document the folk knowledge, as well as the super...
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We report an unusual reproductive behavior of Hypsiboas pardalis (Spix, 1824). Species belonging to this genus usually are known to reproduce in lentic water bodies, with the development of exotrophic tadpoles. Herein, the bromeligenous behavior is reported for the first time in Hypsiboas Wagler, 1830. Although this reproductive behavior has been o...
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We report an unusual reproductive behavior of Hypsiboas pardalis (Spix, 1824). Species belonging to this genus usually are known to reproduce in lentic water bodies, with the development of exotrophic tadpoles. Herein, the bromeligenous behavior is reported for the first time in Hypsiboas Wagler, 1830. Although this reproductive behavior has been o...
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The popular knowledge about snakes, including the practices adopted in cases of snakebite, was analysed in this ethnozoological study performed in Araponga region and vicinities of Serra do Brigadeiro (Brigadeiro Mountain Range), Atlantic Forest of Minas Gerais state, southeastern Brazil. Between August and November 2008, interviews were conducted...
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We report an interspecific combat involving the tree frog Hypsiboas faber and the toad Rhinella pombali in southeastern Brazil. Since the observation occurred after the beginning of the interaction, either one of the species may have started the fight. In general, intra-specific combats are more common for species in which the male is as large, as...
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The popular knowledge about snakes, including the practices adopted in cases of snakebite, was analysed in this ethnozoological study performed in Araponga region and vicinities of Serra do Brigadeiro (Brigadeiro Mountain Range), Atlantic Forest of Minas Gerais state, southeastern Brazil. Between August and November 2008, interviews were conducted...
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This article provides a new record for Typhlops amoipira from municipality of Bonito de Minas, state of MinasGerais. The record extends its distribution about 500 km southern from the type locality at Ibiraba, state of Bahia. Thecollection site is also located on the left bank of the São Francisco River, and is dominated by cerrado sensu stricto wi...
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This work provides records of Scinax centralis from municipalities of Campo Alegre de Goiás and Orizona, stateof Goiás, Brazil. Those records represent, respectively, a southeast range extension of ca. 30 Km east and ca. 60 Km southeastfrom the previously known locality of Ipameri. All known populations of S. centralis remain restricted to the Para...