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Advances in Zoology
Volume 2014, Article ID 563165, 13 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/563165
Research Article

Geographical Variation in Morphological and Bioacoustic Traits of Pseudopaludicola mystacalis (Cope, 1887) and a Reassessment of the Taxonomic Status of Pseudopaludicola serrana Toledo, 2010 (Anura: Leptodactylidae: Leiuperinae)

1Pós-Graduação em Biologia Animal, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Rua Cristóvão Colombo 2265, Jardim Nazareth, 15054-000 São José do Rio Preto, SP, Brazil
2Pós-Graduação em Ecologia e Conservação da Biodiversidade, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso (UFMT), Avenida Fernando Correa da Costa 2367, Boa Esperança, 78060-900 Cuiabá, MT, Brazil
3Laboratório de Zoologia, Instituto Básico de Biociências, Universidade de Taubaté (UNITAU), Avenida Tiradentes 500, 12030-180 Taubaté, SP, Brazil
4Departamento de Ciências Básicas e Produção Animal, Faculdade de Agronomia, Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso (UFMT), Avenida Fernando Correa da Costa 2367, Boa Esperança, 78060-900 Cuiabá, MT, Brazil

Received 4 April 2014; Revised 11 June 2014; Accepted 4 July 2014; Published 12 August 2014

Academic Editor: Ariovaldo A. Giaretta

Copyright © 2014 André Pansonato et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Comparisons of advertisement calls of anurans can be used to determine intra- and interspecific differences or affinities. Described from midwestern Brazil, Pseudopaludicola mystacalis is widely distributed and abundant in major open Brazilian ecosystems. However, researchers frequently fail to determine the true taxonomic status of some of these populations and attribute them to unidentified or misidentified species. Herein, we employ morphological and bioacoustic data to reassess the distribution range and to evaluate intraspecific variation in P. mystacalis based on specimens from fifteen localities and seven Brazilian states. We also reassess the distribution and taxonomic status of Pseudopaludicola serrana, herein considered as a junior synonym of P. murundu based on morphology, bioacoustics, and molecular data.