Check List 12(5): e19564, doi: 10.15560/12.5.1962
Diversity of medium-sized and large mammals from Atlantic Forest remnants in southern Minas Gerais state, Brazil
expand article infoFelipe Santana Machado, Álvaro Fernando de Almeida§, Dalmo Arantes de Barros, José Aldo Alves Pereira, Rossi Allan Silva, Alexandre Augusto Spadoni Pereira
‡ Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil§ Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
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Studies on mammal diversity provide the essential groundwork for the development of conservation methods and practices. The region of the Poços de Caldas Plateau is lacks such studies, which may be a problem for future conservation actions. Here, we analyze the richness of medium-sized and large mammals from Atlantic Forest remnants on the Poços de Caldas Plateau, Minas Gerais state. Diurnal censuses of direct observations and mammal signs were conducted, and we documented 20 species of mammals belonging to eight orders. Three species of primates, one carnivore, one cingulate, one lagomorpha, three rodents, one artiodactyla, and two marsupials were found. The largest forest remnant that presented the greatest richness is currently a conservation unit. Forest remnants are important for the consolidation of management strategies and have fundamental role for the conservation of mammal diversity in the south of Minas Gerais state.
richness; fauna; Poços de Caldas Plateau; fragmented area