Priority areas for the conservation of Atlantic forest large mammals

Mauro Galetti, Henrique C. Giacomini, Rafael S. Bueno, Christine S.S. Bernardo, Renato M. Marques, Ricardo S. Bovendorp, Carla E. Steffler, Paulo Rubim, Sabrina K. Gobbo, Camila I. Donatti, Rodrigo A. Begotti, Fernanda Meirelles, Rodrigo de A. Nobre, Adriano G. Chiarello, Carlos A. Peres
  • Biological Conservation, June 2009, Elsevier
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2009.01.023

Priority areas for the conservation of Atlantic forest large mammals

What is it about?

We analysed population abundance and biomass of 31 species of medium to large-bodied mammal species at 38 Atlantic forest sites (including three islands, 26 forest fragments and six continuous forest sites) as related to forest type, level of hunting pressure and forest fragment size.

Why is it important?

Mammal abundance was affected by hunting pressure, whereas mammalian biomass of which was largely driven by ungulates, was significantly influenced by both forest type and hunting pressure.


Dr Ricardo S Bovendorp
Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz - UESC

Many of these fragments, which are often embedded within large private landholdings including biofuel and citrus or coffee crops, cattle ranches and pulp- wood plantations, could be used not only to comply with environmental legislation, but also enhance the prospects for biodiversity conservation, and reduce edge effects and hunting.

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The following have contributed to this page: Professor Carlos A. Peres and Dr Ricardo S Bovendorp