The relationship between pond habitat depth and functional tadpole diversity in an agricultural landscape

Cássia de Souza Queiroz, Fernando Rodrigues da Silva, Denise de Cerqueira Rossa-Feres
  • Royal Society Open Science, July 2015, Royal Society Publishing
  • DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150165

Functional tadpole diversity in ponds

What is it about?

Functional diversity is a component of biodiversity that generally concerns the range of things that organisms do in communities and ecosystems. We have shown that ponds with intermediate depth harboured higher functional tadpole trait diversity than ponds with extreme depths (e.g. shallow or deep depth).

Why is it important?

Although, it is recognised that small reproductive habitats are important to maintain the biodiversity of aquatic and semiaquatic organisms, they still are ignored. Because we are witnessing increasing human pressure on land use, simple acts (e.g. maintaining a depth gradient in reproductive habitats) can be the first step in guiding us to protect the diversity of a Neotropical frog tadpole’s traits in agricultural landscapes.

Perspectives

Dr Fernando Rodrigues da Silva (Author)
Federal University of São Carlos

Because regulations to protect small reproductive habitats are absent and overlooked in Brazilian legislation, we hope that our results can be used as a guide for protect the diversity of frog tadpoles in Brazil.

The following have contributed to this page: Dr Fernando Rodrigues da Silva