The odonata community of a brazilian vereda: seasonal patterns, species diversity and rarity in a palm swamp environment

Authors

  • Diogo Silva Vilela Universidade de São Paulo
  • Rhainer Guillermo Ferreira Universidade Federal de São Carlos
  • Kleber Del-Claro Universidade Federal de Uberlândia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14393/BJ-v32n2a2016-30491

Keywords:

Conservation, Checklist, Dragonflies, Vereda, Tropical, Community

Abstract

Studies concerning the occurrence of species and seasonality are of great importance for both the elucidation of species distribution and conservation of natural habitats. We performed a survey of Odonata species and studied their seasonality in an endemic endangered palm swamp (i.e. Veredas) environment of the Ecological Reserve of Clube de Caça e Pesca Itororó de Uberlândia, Southestern Brazil. Between July 2010 and June 2011, we recorded 31 species of five different families and 21 genera. The community was strongly seasonal, since 24 species occurred in the wet season, while ten occurred in both dry and wet season, and only two species occured only in the dry season. All Anisoptera species preferred lentic habitats, whereas seven of the 18 Zygopera species preferred lentic habitats and 11 species preferred lotic sites. The five Calopterygidae and Protoneuridae species preferred lotic habitats. The study site exhibits a great diversity of dragonflies and damselflies, which are important elements of the trophic chain in the Cerrado aquatic and neighboring land environments. This justifies the development of conservation actions in palm swamp areas, which are poorly known and threatened by the constant advance of urban, monoculture and pasture areas in Cerrado.

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Published

2016-04-04

How to Cite

VILELA, D.S., GUILLERMO FERREIRA, R. and DEL-CLARO, K., 2016. The odonata community of a brazilian vereda: seasonal patterns, species diversity and rarity in a palm swamp environment . Bioscience Journal [online], vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 486–495. [Accessed3 December 2022]. DOI 10.14393/BJ-v32n2a2016-30491. Available from: https://seer.ufu.br/index.php/biosciencejournal/article/view/30491.

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Biological Sciences