Mirco Solé

Mirco Solé
Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz · Departamento de Ciências Biológicas (DCB)

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Always looking for highly motivated master and PhD students to unravel tropical amphibian diversity and natural history.

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Introduction
I am a Herpetologist working in southern Bahia, Brazil, mostly on amphibian ecology, ecophysiology, biogeography, conservation and ecotoxicology. But sometimes I also feel in the mood to do some work on snakes, lizards and turtles. Academically I am a full Professor for Vertebrate Zoology at Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz, currently spending a sabbatical year at the Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig in Bonn Germany, with a grant provided by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. I am always open to receive new highly motivated mater and PhD candidates from all over the world. My research group currently is formed mainly by Brazilian students, but I also supervise students from Peru, Venezuela, Germany and former students include researcher from Hungary, Spain, USA, Argentina and Panama.
Additional affiliations
January 2008 - present
Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz
Position
  • Professor for Vertebrate Zoology
January 2007 - present
January 2007 - present
Education
September 2000 - June 2005
University of Tuebingen
Field of study
  • Zoology
September 1992 - August 2000
University of Tuebingen
Field of study
  • Biology

Publications

Publications (198)
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Natural history collections are constituted of a wide variety of biological specimens preserved around the world.They represent a continuous source of knowledge and play a fundamental role in the synthesis on the diversity, composition, distribution, and conservation of species. Paul Müller (1940–2010) was a German zoologist who collected amphibian...
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Abstract Molecular species delimitation methods are efficient tools to identify species, including the discovery of new taxa and cryptic organisms, thus being useful to biodiversity studies. In the present work, 16S mitochondrial sequences and cytochrome oxidase I (COI) were used to evaluate the richness of species in the genus Scinax and Ololygon...
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Acoustic communication is a way of information exchange between individuals, and it is used by several animal species. Therefore, the detection, recognition and correct understanding of acoustic signals are key factors in effective communication. The priority of acoustic communication is effectiveness rather than perfection, being effective avoids...
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Climate change has affected the distribution and phenology of several species. However, due to narrow ecological and physiological tolerances, not all species are affected in the same way. Here, we test whether life history characteristics and biogeographic character influence the response of Cerrado anurans to climate change using ecological niche...
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The genus Brachycephalus is a fascinating group of miniaturized anurans from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, comprising the conspicuous, brightly colored pumpkin-toadlets and the cryptic flea-toads. Pumpkin-toadlets are known to contain tetrodotoxins and therefore, their bright colors may perform an aposematic function. Previous studies based on a l...
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In the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest (AF), amphibians (625 species) face habitat degradation leading to stressful thermal conditions that constrain animal activity (e.g., foraging and reproduction). Data on thermal ecology for these species are still scarce. We tested the hypothesis that environmental occupation affects the thermal tolerance of amp...
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As mudanças climáticas terão impactos de longo alcance sobre a biodiversidade; no entanto, nem todas as espécies serão afetadas igualmente. As diferenças biológicas entre as espécies e as características regionais de sua área potencial de distribuição podem aumentar ou reduzir sua vulnerabilidade. Neste artigo, abordamos essa questão usando modelos...
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The Neotropical tribe Sphaenorhynchini is composed of 15 recognized species commonly named as "lime treefrogs". Gabohyla pauloalvini occurs in Atlantic Forest lowlands through the states of Bahia and Espírito Santo, Brazil. Based on field observation, literature review, and evaluation of audio files, we conclude that previous bioacoustic descriptio...
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The behaviour, ecology, and phylogenetics of glassfrogs from the Atlantic Forest are poorly understood. To contribute to these three topics, we studied reproductive behaviours, microhabitat use, influence of environmental variables on the activity of adults, and clutch thickness, as well as the phylogenetic relationships of V. baliomma, a key centr...
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Movement in amphibians provides evidence on migration, dispersal, homing activity, activity area, and site selection for reproduction, among others. So, research focused on animal movement is necessary in order to get to know and understand the species’ ecology. However, monitoring amphibians has always been a challenge, especially if the effective...
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Marine turtle nesting areas are characterized by receiving several females every year. The species Eretmochelys imbricata, known as hawksbill turtle is listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, and has been the target of studies on genetic structure and population diversity in nesting areas. Therefore, this study aimed to analyze the genetic div...
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Fire is a powerful environmental disturbance with the ability to shape many biomes worldwide. However, global warming, land-use changes and other anthropogenic factors have strongly altered natural fire regimes worldwide. Despite the growing number of studies evaluating the effects of fire on biodiversity, little is understood about how burn affect...
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en Colour/pattern variation is widespread among many anuran species, as polymorphisms or as ontogenetic, irreversible changes, or as dynamic, rapid reversible changes. Notwithstanding its commonness, the phenomenon and its implications to natural history and taxonomic knowledge are still overlooked in neotropical anurans. Herein we report dynamic c...
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Gabohyla pauloalvini is a small Neotropical hylid, known only from three localities besides its type locality. Knowledge about its natural history is scarce and we present the first data about its diet. We conducted our fieldwork during the rainy period between November and December of the years 2014 and 2015. Thirty-eight G. pauloalvini individual...
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We evaluated the role of Quaternary climatic fluctuations on the demographic history and population structure of amphibian species endemic to the ‘campo rupestre’ in the Neotropics, evaluating their distributional shifts, demographic changes, and diversification from the end of Pleistocene to present. We chose two anurans endemic to the high-elevat...
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Monitoring the movements of amphibians has always been a challenge, especially as the effectiveness of the tracking mode depends not only on the environment and habit but also on the morphology of the individuals. These factors affect how tracking devices can be attached to individual amphibians. We developed and validated a minimally invasive atta...
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We describe a new species of the Scinax ruber clade from Northeastern Brazil that occurs in widely separated geographic areas in the Atlantic Forest of southern Bahia state and the Highland Humid Forest of Serra de Baturité, northeast Ceará state. Scinax tropicalia sp. nov. (holotype coordinates: -14.795694°, -39.172645°) is diagnosed from all 75 c...
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Understanding the diet of tadpoles is fundamental to explain their ecological roles in aquatic food webs, as well as to allow more effective amphibian conservation and management programs. Studies on trophic ecology of tadpoles are scarce compared to other vertebrate groups, a gap that is even more accentuated in the Neotropical region, which harbo...
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The Atlantic Forest is one of the largest and richest tropical rainforests on the planet, being one of the 25 world priorities for conservation. The Atlantic Forest portion located north of the São Francisco River corresponds to the Pernambuco Endemism Center (PEC). We describe the snake composition of the PEC, providing information about the diver...
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Information gaps about species distribution hamper the evaluation of conservation status and decisions on biodiversity conservation, affecting to a greater extent, areas with high species richness and endemism. In this context, biological inventories are an important tool to fill these gaps by providing data on the composition, richness, and abunda...
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Behavioral changes constitute a common response of aquatic animals to predator chemical and/or visual cues. Tadpoles frequently use such signals to evaluate predator presence/activity and, consequently, alter their own behavior to reduce detectability and susceptibility to predation. The present study aimed to test how tadpoles of Bokermannohyla ma...
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Nyctimantis Boulenger, 1882 was considered a monotypic genus for over a century. In a recent phylogenetic analysis of the Lophyohylini tribe with more than 96% of its representatives, Nyctimantis was redefined with the well-supported inclusion of some species from the genus Aparasphenodon, Argenteohyla and Corythomantis (Blotto et al. 2020). Theref...
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The relationships of the hyline tribe Dendropsophini remain poorly studied, with most published analyses dealing with few of the species groups of Dendropsophus. In order to test the monophyly of Dendropsophini, its genera, and the species groups currently recognized in Dendropsophus, we performed a total evidence phylogenetic analysis. The molecul...
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We studied the diet of a Chiasmocleis cordeiroi population in a fragment of the Atlantic Forest in the state of Bahia, Brazil. Frogs were collected at night after an explosive breeding event and were transferred to the lab where they were measured, weighed and had their stomach contents retrieved following a stomach flushing protocol. Individuals w...
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The known diversity of treefrogs of the genus Phyllodytes has rapidly increased in recent years, currently comprising 14 species. Recent field work in the Atlantic Rainforest of the state of Bahia lead to the discovery of a new large species of Phyllodytes which is herein described based on multiple evidence including morphological, acoustical and...
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The hyline tribe Lophyohylini includes 87 species of treefrogs, of which cytogenetics aspects have been studied in less than 20% of them. In order to evaluate the evolution of some of its chromosome characters (NOR position, C-bands, and DAPI/CMA3 bands), we studied the karyotypes of 21 lophyohylines, 16 of them for the first time, and analyzed the...
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The advertisement call of Macrogenioglottus alipioi was firstly described 40 years ago from Santa Teresa municipality, Espírito Santo state, Brazil. With the advancement of digital recording and call analysis in bioacoustics, we redescribe the advertisement call of M. alipioi from a population close to its type locality, municipality of Uruçuca, Ba...
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The South American and West Indian Casque-headed Treefrogs (Hylidae: Hylinae: Lophyohylini) include 85 species. These are notably diverse in morphology (e.g. disparate levels of cranial hyperossification) and life history (e.g. different reproductive modes, chemical defences), have a wide distribution, and occupy habitats from the tropical rainfore...
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The genus Proceratophrys Miranda-Ribeiro, 1920, frogs from the family Odontophrynidae Lynch, currently contains 41 nominal species with poorly resolved phylogenetic relationships (Frost 2019; Mângia et al. 2018). Molecular data from 15 and 18 Proceratophrys species support the monophyletic hypothesis of the genus (Teixeira-Jr et al. 2012; Dias et a...
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We present a list of Squamata from Serra do Mandim and Serra Azul, both in the Atlantic Forest domain of Southern Bahia, Brazil. We recorded 27 species (21 snakes and six lizards). Most species can be characterized as generalists with a wide distribution as Phyllopezus pollicaris, Salvator merianae, Corallus hortulanus, Philodryas olfersii, Oxyrhop...
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Taxonomists always have had intense discussions about how species should be delimited and recently many studies have used integrative approaches by combining molecular, morphological , and bioacoustic data. Although these studies are paramount for understanding species diversity, few of them actually formalize species delimitations to the final ste...
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Extinctions of anuran amphibians are more alarming compared to all other vertebrates. Several reports of declines come from Atlantic Forest, which currently holds only 1.62% of natural vegetation under full protection. However, despite this degradation, the Atlantic Forest still shelters a great diversity of anurans with a high diversity of specifi...
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Frogs of the subfamily Leptodactylinae Werner can be found from southern Texas (USA) to southern Brazil, including the northern Antilles (Frost 2019). This subfamily is composed of 98 recognized species and the genus Leptodactylus Fitzinger contains the largest number of species (74 sp.) (Frost 2019). A study conducted by de Sá et al. (2014) provid...
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Ecological connectivity depends on key elements within the landscape, which can support ecological fluxes, species richness and long-term viability of a biological community. Landscape planning requires clear aims and quantitative approaches to identify which key elements can reinforce the spatial coherence of protected areas design. We aim to expl...
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This study aimed to identify ethnozoological knowledge about amphibians of people living around a protected area, the Wildlife Refuge of Una (REVIS), located in the Atlantic Forest, in southern Bahia, Brazil. Semi-structured interviews were performed on a random sample of residents right outside the REVIS limits. Photos of several amphibians that l...
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Aim: Species distributions are one of the most important ways to understand how communities interact through macroecological relationships. The functional abilities of a species, such as its plasticity in various environments, can determine its distribution, species richness and beta diversity patterns. In this study, we evaluate how functional tra...
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In the present study we used larval amphibians (Rhinella jimi) as prey, and beetle larvae (Hydrophilus sp.) as predator to assess if increased water temperature influences predator-prey dynamics. The experiment was carried out in replicated aquatic microcosms with two different water temperatures (control and a ‘warming water’ scenario). Survival o...
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Current biodiversity patterns of Neotropical amphibians are the result of their functional and phylogenetic relationships. Understanding the associations between ecological similarity and phylogenetic relatedness among species can provide a convincing statement on the role of evolutionary history in the filling of the niche space. Here, we assessed...
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Phyllodytes Wagler 1830 is a genus composed of small species (SVL ranging 2.1–4.2 mm) that present odontoids and dwells in South America (Faivovich et al. 2005; Frost 2018). All known species of this genus are bromeligenous using bromeliads as shelter, calling site (males) and as egg deposition site (females). Offspring develops at the water retain...
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We studied the diet of Leptodactylus spixi from a cacao plantation in southern Bahia, Brazil. A total of 109 frogs were manually collected between December 2006 and October 2007 and analysed using a stomach flushing method. Of these, 69 stomachs revealed 168 prey items. Acarina, Orthoptera and Formicidae were the most abundant items, while Orthopte...
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Here, we document a predation event involving a spider (predator) and a frog (prey) observed under natural conditions.
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Proceratophrys minuta is known from two localities in the state of Bahia, northeastern Brazil. Information on the tadpoles and natural history of adults and larvae is available in the literature, but its advertisement call remains undescribed. Herein, we describe the advertisement call of P. minuta on the basis of four males recorded at the type lo...
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Anuran malformations are rarely reported to occur with high frequencies in natural populations. However, there is consensus that they can be caused by several factors. Herein, we report malformations in Rhinella ornata toads from land-bridge islands and compare their frequency with those of mainland populations from Rio de Janeiro. All islands show...
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Climate refuges have been used by several species over historical climate change. Ectothermic species often display good models for climate change studies because they are highly sensitive to temperature. Analysis of species loss with ecosystem and evolutionary values helps to understand environmental processes and climate change consequences. We d...
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Reproductive site selection is a key determinant of fitness in many taxa. However, if the site characteristics that enhance offspring survival are detrimental to the parent’s survival or mating success, then complex evolutionary trade-offs occur. In the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, males of the treefrog species Aparasphenodon arapapa use the temporar...
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Cross-correlations between explanatory variables. (XLSX)
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The influence of bromeliad tank depth on reproductive site preference at different water volumes. Panels show how the shape of the preference function for tank depth (i.e. probability of presence given tank depth) depends on the water volume in the tank: a = 25ile of water volume, b = 50ile (i.e. the median bromeliad water volume), c = 77ile, d = 9...
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Raw data on frequency of bromeliads with Aparasphenodon arapapa males (used bromeliads) and without (not used bromeliads) according to the systematic sample. N values show the number of plants in each category. 0 = no litter/upright plants; 1 = small amount of litter/slightly inclined plants; 2 = large amount of litter but not enough to prevent an...