Rubén Castro-Franco

Rubén Castro-Franco
Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos · Centre of Biological Research (CIB)

Ph D.

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Introduction
I work in ecology and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. My interest is directed to the study of thermology, diet, reproduction cycles, impact of agriculture on the distribution of A-R, evaluation of diversity, and restoration of tropical zones with the increase in amphibian and reptile populations. I have worked on the taxonomy of geckos, frog skin biomolecules, with amphibians and reptiles for human use, frogs and ctenoauras. I have experience in administration of graduate studies.
Additional affiliations
September 1982 - September 2020
Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
January 2002 - June 2007
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Field of study
  • Ecology and Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles
January 1987 - June 1990
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Field of study
  • Ecology and Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles

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Publications (53)
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In this work the density, use of micro-habitat, hours of activity, body temperature and use of perches of Ctenosaura pectinata are evaluated in two rural communities of central Mexico; with territories within a protected natural area, and where this resource is traditionally consumed. The density of iguanas in the two communities was similar to tha...
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Descripción de la dieta de Ilyodon whitei, pequeño pez endémico de la cuenca del río Balsas, presenta variación espacial y temporal en su dieta
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In order to explore new methods for the control of domestic pests at low cost and without human disturbance, we examined the diet of Hemidactylus frenatus from the stomach content analysis of 53 females and 47 males. The specimens were captured in ten urban areas of the state of Morelos, Mexico; where H. frenatus is well established and where inter...
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In order to explore new methods for the control of domestic pests at low cost and without human disturbance, we examined the diet of Hemidactylus frenatus from the stomach content analysis of 53 females and 47 males. The specimens were captured in ten urban areas of the state of Morelos, Mexico; where H. frenatus is well established and where inter...
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Se estudió la composición de la dieta de una población de lagartijas de Sceloporus horridus horridus del centro de Morelos, México. Se analizó la diversidad del alimento, la variación entre las estaciones húmeda y seca del año, y el traslape de la dieta entre hembras y machos. Los datos fueron comparados con los de otras poblaciones de Jalisco y Pu...
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The diet composition of a population of the lizard Sceloporus horridus horridus in the wet and dry seasons was studied in central Morelos, Mexico. Analysis of diversity, variation between seasons, and dietary overlap between males and females were performed. The data were compared with other populations of Jalisco and Puebla, Mexico. The diet inclu...
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El trabajo es una exploración de la diversidad de reptiles en Morelos donde se abordan aspectos de actualizacion de los nombres de las especies conocidas, distribución, hábitat, microhábitat y termorregulación.
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Sexual dimorphism is a common phenomenon in lizards of the genus Sceloporus, this allows to identify differences in body size, and morphological design between males and females. Usually a variation occurs in color dissociated from the morphology. Using one-way ANOVA and discriminant analysis, we obtained significant differences in six morphologica...
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Sexual dimorphism is a common phenomenon in lizards of the genus Sceloporus, this allows to identify differences in body size, and morphological design between males and females. Usually a variation occurs in color dissociated from the morphology. Using one-way ANOVA and discriminant analysis, we obtained significant differences in six morphologica...
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Sexual dimorphism and reproductive cycle were studied in a population of Sceloporus horridus horridus from a tropical dry forest in central Mexico. Males with 90.66 mm (71.5-111.0 mm ± 12.79 mm) snouth vent-length were larger than 86.32 mm (71.0-101.0 ± 7.94) females. Reproductive activity is seasonal in both sexes and occurs in the period spring-s...
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This paper examines the use of different microhabitats throughout the day, year, by sex, by age, at different intervals of altitude and its implications for thermoregulation and conservation. Overall 49.5% of the lizards used trees, 32.62% rocks and less often 2.3% shrubs (χ2 = 216.06, gl 3, p
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This paper examines the use of different microhabitats throughout the day, year, by sex, by age, at different intervals of altitude and its implications for thermoregulation and conservation. Overall 49.5% of the lizards used trees, 32.62% rocks and less often 2.3% shrubs (χ2 = 216.06, gl 3, p < 0.05). The analysis of microhabitat used by sex revea...
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This paper examines the use of different microhabitats throughout the day, year, by sex, by age, at different intervals of altitude and its implications for thermoregulation and conservation. Overall 49.5% of the lizards used trees, 32.62% rocks and less often 2.3% shrubs (χ2 = 216.06, gl 3, p < 0.05). The analysis of microhabitat used by sex revea...
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We studied the reproductive cycle of Sceloporus ochoterenae from the population that occurs in a relict tropical deciduous forest in central Morelos. Males are significantly larger in snout vent-length (SVL) 49.53 ± 2.40 mm, and heavier (x= 3.66 ± 0.68 g) than females (SVL 46.37 ± 2.08 mm, weight 3.34 ± 1.23 g), which indicate that this species, li...
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We studied the reproductive cycle of Sceloporus ochoterenae from the population that occurs in a relict tropical deciduous forest in central Morelos. Males are significantly larger in snout vent-length (SVL) 49.53 ± 2.40 mm, and heavier (x= 3.66 ± 0.68 g) than females (SVL 46.37 ± 2.08 mm, weight 3.34 ± 1.23 g), which indicate that this species, li...
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Immobilized metal ion affinity chromatography (IMAC) has been widely used for the enrichment of phosphopeptides, whereas no report exists describing the use of IMAC columns for the enrichment of sulfopeptides. In this study, we used IMAC-Ga microcolumns for the enrichment of sulfopeptides from a complex mixture of peptides, extracted from skin secr...
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We measured the length, width, volume, and weight of 871 freshly laid eggs of 28 clutches of Ctenosaura pectinata. The iguanas were obtained from a tropical dry forest area in central Mexico. The relative clutch mass was related positively to the average egg weight but not to average egg volume. Unlike what usually occurs in lizards, where the body...
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We measured the length, width, volume, and weight of 871 freshly laid eggs of 28 clutches of Ctenosaura pectinata. The iguanas were obtained from a tropical dry forest area in central Mexico. The relative clutch mass was related positively to the average egg weight but not to average egg volume. Unlike what usually occurs in lizards, where the body...
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We measured the length, width, volume, and weight of 871 freshly laid eggs of 28 clutches of Ctenosaura pectinata. The iguanas were obtained from a tropical dry forest area in central Mexico. The relative clutch mass was related positively to the average egg weight but not to average egg volume. Unlike what usually occurs in lizards, where the body...
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We studied the reproductive cycle of Sceloporus ochoterenae from the population that occurs in a relict tropical deciduous forest in central Morelos. Males are significantly larger in snout vent-length (SVL) 49.53 ± 2.40 mm, and heavier (x= 3.66 ± 0.68 g) than females (SVL 46.37 ± 2.08 mm, weight 3.34 ± 1.23 g), which indicate that this species, li...
Thesis
We measured the length, width, volume, and weight of 871 freshly laid eggs of 28 clutches of Ctenosaura pectinata. The iguanas were obtained from a tropical dry forest area in central Mexico. The relative clutch mass was related positively to the average egg weight but not to average egg volume. Unlike what usually occurs in lizards, where the leng...
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The present work shows the effect of the restoration of tropical deciduous forests (native tree plantations) on herpetofauna. It was observed that in the dry season, herpetofaunistic abundance in sites with mixed plantations was similar to conserved sites while in the rainy season abundance and wealth were greater in conserved sites
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High-resolution mass spectrometry-based peptidomics has been used to characterize several components in electro-stimulated skin secretions of the endemic Mexican frog Pachymedusa dacnicolor. Peptide mass screening performed in an Orbitrap-XL mass spectrometer showed that P. dacnicolor skin secretions possess 194 different components with molecular...
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In this work, we describe the original characterization of peptides and proteins present in the skin secretions of the Mexican amphibian Hyla eximia. To this purpose, a novel water/dark extraction method, as well as the classic electrical stimulation procedure, was applied in order to extract the skin secretion. Two novel antimicrobial peptides He-...
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The lack of efficacy of conventional antibiotics against an increasing number of pathogenic microorganisms constitutes a serious problem of public health. One of the strategies to surpass the microorganism resistance phenomenon resides in the search for novel antimicrobial agents. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are widespread in living organisms and...
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During new herpetological explorations we found three herpetological species previously unknown in the state of Morelos, and three other species extending their range in the Balsas River Basin. The herpetofauna of Morelos is currently represented by 123 species.
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Por medio de lavado estomacal de 81 organismos se estudió la dieta de Lithobates zweifeli en un río estacional de Morelos, México. Los datos fueron analizados por épocas del año (lluvias y sequía), estadios de desarrollo y por sexos. Las presas fueron clasificadas por sus hábitos en terrestres o acuáticas, determinadas a nivel de orden, familia y g...
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Se aporta una lista actualizada de treinta y ocho especies de anfibios, construida a partir de datos históricos, complementados con salidas de campo y consulta de colecciones. Todos los registros están respaldados por especimenes de museo. Los géneros con el mayor número de especies son Bufo, Hylay Rana. Se registra por primera vez a Bufo compactil...
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Se presenta una lista actualizada y comentada de las lagartijas de Morelos. De las 29 especies confirmadas, se describe su distribución en el Estado y en los tipos de vegetación, incluyendo distribución altitudinal y características del hábitat; se analizan los problemas de conservación en los bosques templados del norte de Morelos y la selva baja...
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Seven reptiles were recorded, of particular note being Anolis microlepidotus and Eridiphas slevini. Environmental preferences, reproductive activity and feeding habits are described for all species. -from English summary
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The diet of Lithobates zweifeli was studied by means of stomach flushing in a seasonal river of Morelos, Mexico. Diet was analyzed by season (wet and dry), development stages and by sex. Food items were classified by their habits in terrestrial or aquatic prey, and determined to order, family, genus and sometimes to species. The diet of L. zweifeli...

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We are interested in obtaining data on the thermorregulation of ctenosaurs in natural environments to replicate the conditions in captivity and facilitate ranching.