First abundance estimate of the Antillean manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) in Brazil by aerial survey

Maria Danise Alves, Paul Gerhard Kinas, Miriam Marmontel, João Carlos Gomes Borges, Alexandra Fernandes Costa, Nicola Schiel, Maria Elisabeth Araújo
  • Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, August 2015, Cambridge University Press
  • DOI: 10.1017/s0025315415000855

Abundance of manatees in Brazil

What is it about?

We estimated the abundance of Antillean manatees (Trichechus manatus manatus) through a large-scale project conducted in 2010 in north-eastern Brazil and evaluated the efficacy of an aerial survey for conservation purposes

Why is it important?

Estimating the abundance of sirenians is essential for their conservation, and aerial surveys are one of the most suitable methods for monitoring manatee and dugong numbers in the world. The pioneers results of this survey highlight the importance of expanding conservation of the Antillean manatee in Brazil, with small population.

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