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Amphibians and reptiles from the Parque Nacional da Tijuca, Brazil, one of the world's largest urban forests


  • Thiago Dorigo UERJ
  • Carla Siqueira UERJ
  • Jane Célia Ferreira Oliveira UERJ
  • Luciana Ardenghi Fusinatto UERJ
  • Manuela Santos-Pereira UERJ
  • Marlon Almeida-Santos UERJ
  • Carlos Frederico Duarte Rocha UERJ



Atlantic Rainforest, Conservation, Endemism, Herpetofauna, Inventory


The Parque Nacional da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is considered to be one of the world’s largest urban forests, however no systematic inventory of its herpetofauna is available. In the present study, we surveyed the amphibians and reptiles of this park to assess its species composition (including secondary data) and obtain estimates of species richness and abundance. We conducted active searches (460 hours) between January 2013 and December 2015. We identified the taxa endemic to either the Atlantic Forest or Rio de Janeiro state, and verified the conservation status of each species in the international, Brazilian, and state red lists. We also estimated the species richness and sampling sufficiency by rarefaction curves and Bootstrap richness estimator, and analyzed the distribution of the species abundance in Whittaker plots. We recorded 3,288 individuals over 36 months, representing 24 species of amphibians and 25 reptiles. The cumulative species curves, rarefaction, and the richness estimated indicated that sampling effort was adequate. Species abundance adjusted to the log-series model in both amphibians and reptiles. The four most abundant amphibians represented 70% of the individuals recorded in this group, while the two most abundant reptiles represented 60% of the total individuals. The inclusion of the secondary data raised the number of amphibian species to 38, and the number of reptiles to 36. Approximately 80% of the amphibian species and 28% of the reptile species recorded are endemic to the Atlantic Forest, and six of the amphibian species are endemic to Rio de Janeiro state. Six amphibian species and one reptile specie are classified under some threat of extinction, and two reptile species were exotic. The considerable diversity of the herpetofauna of the Parque Nacional da Tijuca, which includes endemic and threatened species, reflects the effectiveness of the reforestation of this protected area and emphasizes the importance of its conservation.


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Dorigo, T., Siqueira, C., Oliveira, J. C. F., Fusinatto, L. A., Santos-Pereira, M., Almeida-Santos, M., & Rocha, C. F. D. (2021). Amphibians and reptiles from the Parque Nacional da Tijuca, Brazil, one of the world’s largest urban forests. In SciELO Preprints.


Biological Sciences