Neftalí Ríos López

Neftalí Ríos López
University of Puerto Rico at Humacao | UPRH · Department of Biology

PhD

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Publications (31)
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We used data from automated recording systems to describe the courtship call of the Puer-torican Plains Coquí frog (Eleutherodactylus juanariveroi) and examined its calling phenol-ogy to make inferences about the species' system of acoustic communication. We also contrasted the phenology of courtship calling with published data on the species' adve...
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Este breve ensayo biográfico-histórico está principalmente basado en el libro autobiográfico “A Forestry Assignment to Puerto Rico – Forestry Memoirs of Frank Wadsworth” (2014).
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Examinamos aquí el uso de mayúsculas en los nombres propios y comunes en la escritura cientí-ca y técnica. Discutimos ejemplos y de niciones de términos relevantes, tanto en español como en inglés, destacando casos en los que carecemos de pautas categóricas sobre el uso uniforme de las mayúsculas en los sustantivos comunes. Además, destacamos casos...
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e Cuban Treefrog, Osteopilus septentrionalis, has been introduced throughout the Caribbean and southern continental areas in the U.S.A. Scientists frequently refer to it as an inva-sive that preys upon native anurans voraciously, thus threatening their populations elsewhere. I document the diet of the Cuban Treefrog and compare it with that of two...
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ELEUTHERODACTYLUS PORTORICENSIS (Mountain Coqui). ANUROPHAGY and FILIAL OOPHAGY
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XENOCHROPHIS VITTATUS (Striped Keelback). DIET and DIS- TRIBUTION.
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Coastal wetlands are shrinking rapidly due to land-use activities. Accelerated sea-level rise (SLR) associated to the warming climate is also affecting coastal wetlands, particularly in islands with limited coastal plains. We analyzed coastal wetland changes in Puerto Rico by applying the Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model under two scenarios by 210...
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We document the first account of a triple egg clutch in the Melodious Coqui, Eleutherodactylus wigthmanae, and in the Whistling Coqui, E. cochranae, along with the first record of amplexus in the Mountain Coquí, E. portoricensis in the wild. These species are abundant in their current natural distribution, and the low frequency of similar observati...
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We document the first accounts of lizard predation from Puerto Rico by native and naturalized species of lizards, snakes, birds, and mammals (domestic and feral). Specifically, we document saurophagy by the lizards Anolis cristatellus and Ameiva exsul; the colubrid Borikenophis portoricensis; several species of non-raptor birds; and feral and domes...
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Local and international herpetologists assert that the Puerto Rican Mountain Coqui, Eleutherodactylus portoricensis, has become locally extinct in all historic geographic distribution in the mountain forests of the Cordillera Central to western Puerto Rico, and that the species still experiences drastic population declines in the Sierra de Luquillo...
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We document the first account of a double clutch in a Puerto Rican frog, the Melodious Coqui, Eleutherodactylus wigthmanae, and adult predation by the anoline lizard, Anolis gundlachi. We discuss our findings in relation to E. wightmanae's reproductive biology, provide insights for future studies on the species, and discuss the role of both species...
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We documented the population dynamics and reproductive biology of Eleutherodactylus juanariveroi from a fresh water herbaceous wetland. The species' population density increased only during the rainy months (May to November) and decreased during the dryer months (January to April). The species showed microhabitat selection for perching/calling, and...
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We documented patterns of microhabitat use, relative species abundance, and acoustic characteristics of a Puerto Rican native anuran assemblage from a palustrine herbaceous wetland. We found significant interspecific differences in the spatial distribution of calling males among microhabitat types, which differed in percent cover, height, and physi...
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Many amphibians depend on wetland ecosystems for reproduction and survival, and coastal wetlands are not the exception. Recent advances on climate change research predict a reduction in land cover of coastal wetlands due to sea-level rise in response to global warming. Although this scenario will contribute to further amphibian population declines...
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With a total area of 8900 km 2 , Puerto Rico is the smallest of the Greater Antilles. It is divided in three physiographic regions or areas of relief: the mountainous interior, the karst region, and the coastal plains and valleys. The island comprises six ecological life zones: subtropical dry forest, subtropical moist forest, subtropical wet fores...
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Coastal wetland plant communities are strongly structured by water depth and salinity. Rising sea level will cause changes in the hydro-period, surface water salinity and salt-water intrusion in coastal areas, which will reduce the distribution of forests in these areas. We studied the dynamics of a Pterocarpus officinalis stand in Puerto Rico over...
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We describe adult morphology, advertisement call, and natural history diagnostic of a new species of Eleutherodactylus from a fresh water (palustrine) herbaceous wetland of northern coastal Puerto Rico. The new species is apparently the smallest Puerto Rican Eleutherodactylus and is morphologically most similar to E. gryllus, which inhabits high-el...
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We describe adult morphology, advertisement call, and natural history diagnostic of a new species of Eleutherodactylus from a fresh water (palustrine) herbaceous wetland of northern coastal Puerto Rico. The new species is apparently the smallest Puerto Rican Eleutherodactylus and is morphologically most similar to E. gryllus, which inhabits high-el...
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Concepts of vertebrate succession in terrestrial habitats are based mainly on studies of birds and mammals. To provide a broader understanding of vertebrate succession and the organization of species assemblage, we studied the development of a herpetofaunal assemblage in a reforestation project. We sampled herpetofauna monthly between February 2001...
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With the exceptions of Eleutherodactylus coqui, little is known about population fluctuations and reproductive biology of Eleutherodactylus in Puerto Rico. Eleutherodactylus cook inhabits a system of caves on the southeastern part of the island. During a 33-month study, we determined that reproductive activity and population density decrease during...

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