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Award Abstract #1144692

RUI: ARTS. Revision of the poorly known frog genus Chiasmocleis (Anura, Microhylidae)

Division Of Environmental Biology
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Initial Amendment Date: January 24, 2012
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Latest Amendment Date: April 23, 2013
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Award Number: 1144692
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Award Instrument: Standard Grant
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Program Manager: Simon Malcomber
DEB Division Of Environmental Biology
BIO Direct For Biological Sciences
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Start Date: February 1, 2012
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End Date: January 31, 2017 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $314,165.00
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Investigator(s): Rafael De Sa rdesa@richmond.edu (Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: University of Richmond
RICHMOND, VA 23173-0001 (804)289-8100
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NSF Program(s): Advanc Revisionary Taxon & Sys
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Program Reference Code(s): 1355, 9169, 9178, 9229, 9251, EGCH, SMET
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Program Element Code(s): 7375


The study proposes a revision of a poorly known group of semifossorial frogs that occurs throughout the Neotropical lowlands east of the Andes from Panama to southern Brazil. This group has never been thoroughly studied to determine its species composition, species boundaries, and cryptic speciation in the group. The revision will be an important addition to understanding diversity and speciation of the Neotropical biota. Currently, most of the Neotropical biota is poorly understood with regard to species diversity and individual species distributions. Preliminary data suggest that morphological variation is a poor estimate of genetic diversity among Amazonian frogs. The researchers intend to study the composition of this group of frogs using a combined approach of molecular and morphological characters.

The proposal will result in publications in scientific journals and a monographic revision of the group. The project involved collaborations with scientists throughout Latin America. It will also directly support the training of two undergraduates per year at the University of Richmond. Furthermore, the project will strengthen international scientific collaboration by training of two Brazilian researchers. A specific aim of the project is to train research collaborators and interested undergraduates on synthetic and revisionary monographic work


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Rafael O. de Sá, Jeffrey W. Streicher, Relebohile Selenkoyela, Mauricio C. Forlani, Simon P. Loader, Eli Greenbaum, Stephen Richards, and Célio F. B. Haddad. "Molecular phylogeny of microhylid frogs (Anura: Microhylidae) with emphasis on relationships among New World genera.," BMC Evolutionary Biology, v.12, 2012, p. 241.

Ferreira RB, Dantas RB, Tonini JFR. "Spatial and seasonal distribution of amphibians in four ponds at mountainous region in southeastern of Brazil: influence of forest corridor," Iheringia, Série Zoologia, Porto Alegre, v.2, 2012, p. 163.

Brando, R., Alvarez, G., and de S, R.O.. "The advertisement call of the poorly known Leptodactylus tapiti (Anura, Leptodactylidae)," Zootaxa, v.3616, 2013, p. 284.

Gower, D., Aberra, R. K., Mengistu, A., Schwaller, S., Menegon, M., de S, R. O, Saber, S. A., Cunningham, A. A., and Loader, S. P.. "Long-term data for endemic frog genera reveal potential conservation crisis in the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia.," Fauna & Flora International, Oryx, v.47, 2013, p. 59.

Lavilla, E.O., Caramaschi, U., Langone, J. A., Pombal Jr., J., and de S, R.O.. "The identity of Rana margaritifer Laurenti, 1768 (Anura: Bufonidae).," Zootaxa, v.3646, 2013, p. 251.

Fouquet, A., Maronna, M.M., Verdade, V.K., de S, R.O., and Trefaut-Rodrigues, M.,. "Unexpected phylogenetic positions of the genera Rupirana and Crossodactylodes reveal insights into the biogeography and reproductive evolution of Leptodactylidae.," Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v.67, 2013, p. 445.

Loader, S.P., Ceccarelli, S., Wilkinson, M., Menegon, M., Mariaux J., de S, R.O, Howell, K.M., and Gower, D.J.. "Species boundaries and biogeography in the East African Torrent Frogs (Petropedetes: Petropeditidae).," African Journal of Herpetology, v.62, 2013, p. 40.

Forlani, M.C., Vinicius, C., Dias, I.R., Ruas, D., Tonini, J.F.R., de S, R.O.. "The advertisement calls and distribution records of two sympatric species of Chiasmocleis (Mhely 1904) (Anura, Microhylidae) from the Atlantic forest," South American Journal of Herpetology, v.8, 2013, p. 46.

Do Nascimento,.F. A. C., Mott, T., Langone, J. A., Davies, C. A., and de S, R. O. "Chondrocranium and tadpole oral cavity of four Odontophrynus species (Anura, Odontophrynidae) with a review of the larval external morphology of the genus," Zootaxa, v.3700, 2013, p. 140.

Minelli,A., Ohler, A., Aescht, E., Bauer, A. Bonato, L., Bour, R., De Carvalho, M.R. De S, R.O., Foissner, W., Fusco, G., Gonzlez-Oreja, J.A., Grandcolas, P., Iverson, J., Leschen, R., Lbl, I., Maruzzo, D., Nel, A., Nemsio, A., Riff, D., Dubois. "Publishing Taxonomy to Extiction?," Science, 2013.

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