Australian Systematic Botany Australian Systematic Botany Society
Taxonomy, biogeography and evolution of plants

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Flies, endemicity, and the Atlantic Forest: a biogeographical study using topographic units of analysis

Dalton Amorim , Charles Morphy Santos


We present a study of the endemicity patterns in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest based on the distribution of 107 fly species belonging to 24 genera of 15 families. This is the first picture of endemism for Diptera in the Atlantic Forest. Instead of the traditional grid of geographical coordinates, we used a system of topographic units (TUs) for the analysis, delimited after gathering information on rivers and altitude for each state/country. A parsimony analysis of the data matrix with the species records for the TUs was performed – named Topographic Units Parsimony Analysis (TUPA). The same distributional data was used in a NDM/VNDM analysis. The combination of the resulting patterns from both analyses indicate the existence of three major areas of endemism for flies in the Atlantic Forest: a Northern Atlantic Forest, north of Rio Doce; a Southern Atlantic Forest, south of Rio Doce along the coast, extending to the west and to the south at the level of the state of ParanĂ¡; and a Semideciduous Seasonal Forest, west to the ombrophilous forest along the coast. None of these areas seem to be shaped solely by vicariance events. They can possibly be the result of biotic fusion of ancestral areas of endemism due to barrier collapse and secondary overlap of sister biotas, a hypothesis yet to be tested. The recognition of a separate area of endemism for flies in the Semideciduous Forest agrees with phytogeographical reconstructions and raises an important alert for the scarcity of biological reserves for this vegetation.

SB16057  Accepted 17 March 2017

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