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|Título:||Researcher Disturbance Has Minimal Impact on Natural Predation of Caiman Nests in Central Amazonia|
|Autor(es):||BARÃO-NÓBREGA, JOSÉ ANTÓNIO LEMOS|
SOARES, AMADEU M. V. M.
William Ernest Magnusson
Da Silveira, Ronis
|Revista:||Journal of Herpetology|
|Resumo:||Predation is one of the major causes of crocodilian egg mortality. Many studies have suggested that opening nests, handling eggs, and capturing attending females may increase predation rates, but the influence of such activities on nest predation has not been quantified. For that reason, we studied the impacts of different research activities on nests of wild Spectacled Caimans (Caiman crocodilus crocodilus) from a flooded forest (varzea) in the Piagacu-Purus Sustainable Development Reserve, Central Amazonia. During the 2010 nesting season, predation on eggs in disturbed nests was generally higher than in nests without research activities found in the same area. However, natural predation rates in similar habitat were not significantly different, suggesting that predation rates on disturbed nests, though elevated, remain within the broad range found in undisturbed nests. We conclude that the benefits in knowledge gained from research activities will generally out-weigh the small increase in nest predation that could result from research activities.|
|Aparece nas coleções:||Coordenação de Biodiversidade (CBIO)|
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