Reserva Imbassaí Restinga: inventory of snakes on the northern coast of Bahia, Brazil

Main Article Content

R. Marques
M.S. Tinôco
D.C. Ferreira
C.P. Fazolato
H.C.B. Ribeiro
M.L.O. Travassos
M.A. Dias
J.V.L. Mota

Abstract

Restinga is a coastal ecosystem covering almost the entire Brazilian coast line and it is associated with the Atlantic Forest biome and therefore is a complementary component of the landscape. Its vegetation is highly variable and specialized, being influenced by salt, and with low fertility and moist soil. This environmental landscape promotes the colonization of species from contiguous biomes and ecosystems, thereby promoting high diversity, especially on the northern coast of Bahia. The study was conducted at the Reserva Imbassaí, in the municipality of Mata de São João, northern coast of Bahia, Brazil. We conducted six surveys distributed over one year, with samples every two months; we used the sampling techniques of active visual search, random encounters and pitfall traps along a linear transect. Fourty-nine snakes from 15 species distributed among five families were recorded: Boidae (2), Colubridae (3), Dipsadidae (6), Elapidae (1) and Viperidae (3). Ten of the species of snakes found at Reserva Imbassaí complement the literature overall snakes’ list from the north coast of Bahia’s restinga. The results show that Reserva Imbassaí is uniquely rich in snakes and therefore represents an important contribution to the knowledge of this taxon within the Atlantic forest hotspot.

Article Details

How to Cite
[1]
Marques, R., Tinôco, M., Ferreira, D., Fazolato, C., Ribeiro, H., Travassos, M., Dias, M. and Mota, J. 2011. Reserva Imbassaí Restinga: inventory of snakes on the northern coast of Bahia, Brazil. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 3, 11 (Nov. 2011), 2184–2191. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.o2812.2184-91.
Section
Communications
Author Biographies

R. Marques

Ricardo Marques Biological Sciences undergraduate student and junior researcher at the Centro de Ecologia e Conservação Animal (ECOA), Universidade Católica do Salvador (UCSAL).

M.S. Tinôco

Moacir Santos Tinôco Centro de Ecologia e Conservação Animal (ECOA) co-ordinator. Biodiversity Management PhD Candidate at the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology, School of Anthropology and Conservation, University de Kent.

D.C. Ferreira

Danilo Couto-Ferreira Biological Sciences undergraduate student and junior researcher at the Centro de Ecologia e Conservação Animal (ECOA), Universidade Católica do Salvador (UCSAL).

C.P. Fazolato

Cecil Pergentino Fazolato Biological Sciences undergraduate student and junior researcher at the Centro de Ecologia e Conservação Animal (ECOA), Universidade Católica do Salvador (UCSAL).

H.C.B. Ribeiro

Henrique Colombini Browne-Ribeiro M.Sc. in Ecology and Biomonitoring at the Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA). Contributing researcher at the Centro de Ecologia e Conservação Animal (ECOA), Universidade Católica do Salvador (UCSAL).

M.L.O. Travassos

Magno Lima Travassos de Oliveira M.Sc. in Ecology and Biomonitoring at the Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA). Contributing researcher at the Centro de Ecologia e Conservação Animal (ECOA), Universidade Católica do Salvador (UCSAL).

M.A. Dias

Marcelo Alves Dias M.Sc. in Zoology at the Programa de Desarrollo de las Ciencias Básicas (PEDEClBA), da Universidad de la Republica-Uruguay. Contributing researcher at the Centro de Ecologia e Conservação Animal (ECOA).

J.V.L. Mota

João Victor Lino Mota Contributing researcher at the Centro de Ecologia e Conservação Animal (ECOA), Universidade Católica do Salvador (UCSAL).

Most read articles by the same author(s)