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Predicting animal abundance through local ecological knowledge: An internal validation using consensus analysis (2024)
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Braga‐Pereira, F., Mayor, P., Morcatty, T. Q., Pérez‐Peña, P. E., Bowler, M. T., de Mattos Vieira, M. A. R., …El Bizri, H. R. (in press). Predicting animal abundance through local ecological knowledge: An internal validation using consensus analysis. People and Nature, https://doi.org/10.1002/pan3.10587

Given the ongoing environmental degradation from local to global scales, it is fundamental to develop more efficient means of gathering data on species and ecosystems. Local ecological knowledge, in which local communities can consistently provide in... Read More about Predicting animal abundance through local ecological knowledge: An internal validation using consensus analysis.

The Role of Religion, Wealth, and Livelihoods in the Hunting Practices of Urban and Rural Inhabitants in Western Amazonia (2023)
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Oliveira, M. A., El Bizri, H. R., Morcatty, T. Q., Braga-Pereira, F., Fa, J. E., Messias, M. R., & da Costa Doria, C. R. (2023). The Role of Religion, Wealth, and Livelihoods in the Hunting Practices of Urban and Rural Inhabitants in Western Amazonia. Human Ecology, 51(6), 1239-1252. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-023-00467-0

Hunting by rural and urban populations is essential for securing access to protein and other nutrients throughout the tropics. The hunting patterns of urban hunters in Amazonia, and the similarities with those of rural hunters, are unclear, as are th... Read More about The Role of Religion, Wealth, and Livelihoods in the Hunting Practices of Urban and Rural Inhabitants in Western Amazonia.

Climate determines transmission hotspots of Polycystic Echinococcosis, a life-threatening zoonotic disease, across Pan-Amazonia (2023)
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San-José, A., Mayor, P., Carvalho, B., El Bizri, H. R., Antunes, A. P., Antunez Correa, M., …Munari, D. P. (2023). Climate determines transmission hotspots of Polycystic Echinococcosis, a life-threatening zoonotic disease, across Pan-Amazonia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 120(33), e2302661120. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2302661120

Polycystic Echinococcosis (PE), a neglected life-threatening zoonotic disease caused by the cestode is endemic in the Amazon. Despite being treatable, PE reaches a case fatality rate of around 29% due to late or missed diagnosis. PE is sustained in... Read More about Climate determines transmission hotspots of Polycystic Echinococcosis, a life-threatening zoonotic disease, across Pan-Amazonia.

Hunting practices in southwestern Amazonia: a comparative study of techniques, modalities, and baits among urban and rural hunters (2023)
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Oliveira, M. A., Braga-Pereira, F., El Bizri, H. R., Morcatty, T. Q., Doria, C. R. D. C., & Messias, M. R. (in press). Hunting practices in southwestern Amazonia: a comparative study of techniques, modalities, and baits among urban and rural hunters. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 19(1), 27. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13002-023-00599-z

Background: Hunting is a vital means of obtaining animal in various human populations. Hunters rely on their knowledge of species ecology and behavior to develop and employ hunting techniques and increase their chances of success. The comparison of t... Read More about Hunting practices in southwestern Amazonia: a comparative study of techniques, modalities, and baits among urban and rural hunters.

Comparative gastrointestinal organ lengths among Amazonian primates (Primates: Platyrrhini) (2023)
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Jesus, A. D. S., de Souza Jesus, A., El Bizri, H. R., Rocha El Bizri, H., Fa, J. E., Valsecchi, J., …Mayor, P. (2023). Comparative gastrointestinal organ lengths among Amazonian primates (Primates: Platyrrhini). American Journal of Biological Anthropology, 181(3), 440-453. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.24751

Objectives The morphological features of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) in mammals reflect a species' food niche breadth and dietary adaptations. For many wild mammals, the relationship between the structure of the GIT and diet is still poorly und... Read More about Comparative gastrointestinal organ lengths among Amazonian primates (Primates: Platyrrhini).

Fetal bone development in the black agouti (Dasyprocta fuliginosa) determined by ultrasound (2023)
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Pombo, A. L. G., Monteiro, F. O. B., da Silva, G. P., Pereira, T. H. D. S., Matos, S. E. R. D., de Lima, A. R., …Mayor, P. (2023). Fetal bone development in the black agouti (Dasyprocta fuliginosa) determined by ultrasound. #Journal not on list, 2, 100029. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.therwi.2023.100029

This study describes the bone development during the intrauterine phase of the black agouti (Dasyprocta fuliginosa), discussing its relationship with the species’ adaptive strategies and comparing it with other precocial and altricial species. We ana... Read More about Fetal bone development in the black agouti (Dasyprocta fuliginosa) determined by ultrasound.

Human consumption of meat from roadkilled animals in the Southwestern Amazon (2023)
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Alvares Oliveira, M., Pommer-Barbosa, R. A., Nobrega Alves, R. R., El Bizri, H. R., Rezende Messias, M., & da Costa Doria, C. R. (2023). Human consumption of meat from roadkilled animals in the Southwestern Amazon. #Journal not on list, 12, https://doi.org/10.15451/ec2023-03-12.07-1-9

The harvest of meat from wild animals is essential for the nutrition of many human populations in the Neotropics. Specific techniques are used to access wild meat, but collecting meat from road killed animals, or purposely run over animals to kill an... Read More about Human consumption of meat from roadkilled animals in the Southwestern Amazon.

Ovarian cycle, reproductive performance and breeding seasonality of Amazonian yellow-footed tortoises (Chelonoidis denticulatus) in the wild (2023)
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Mayor, P., Hidalgo, S., El Bizri, H. R., & Morcatty, T. Q. (2023). Ovarian cycle, reproductive performance and breeding seasonality of Amazonian yellow-footed tortoises (Chelonoidis denticulatus) in the wild. #Journal not on list, 2, 100022. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.therwi.2023.100022

Studies of the reproductive functional morphology of chelonians are important to understand the reproductive physiology, anatomy, and endocrinology of these species. However, data on the reproduction of this group have been difficult to obtain becaus... Read More about Ovarian cycle, reproductive performance and breeding seasonality of Amazonian yellow-footed tortoises (Chelonoidis denticulatus) in the wild.

Large-scale population disappearances and cycling in the white-lipped peccary, a tropical forest mammal (2022)
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Fragoso, J., Antunes, A., Silvius, K., Constantino, P., Zapata-Rios, G., Rocha El Bizri, H., …et al. (2022). Large-scale population disappearances and cycling in the white-lipped peccary, a tropical forest mammal. PLoS ONE, 17(10), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0276297

Many vertebrate species undergo population fluctuations that may be random or regularly cyclic in nature. Vertebrate population cycles in northern latitudes are driven by both endogenous and exogenous factors. Suggested causes of mysterious disappear... Read More about Large-scale population disappearances and cycling in the white-lipped peccary, a tropical forest mammal.

Using population surveys and models to reassess the conservation status of an endemic Amazonian titi monkey in a deforestation hotspot (2022)
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Silva, F. E., Pacca, L. G., Lemos, L. P., Gusmão, A. C., da Silva, O. D., Dalponte, J. C., …El Bizri, H. R. (2022). Using population surveys and models to reassess the conservation status of an endemic Amazonian titi monkey in a deforestation hotspot. Oryx, 56(6), 846-853. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0030605322000655

Assessing the conservation status of species is essential for implementing appropriate conservation measures. A lack of evidence of threats, rather than showing an absence of impacts, could reflect a lack of studies on how human activities could resu... Read More about Using population surveys and models to reassess the conservation status of an endemic Amazonian titi monkey in a deforestation hotspot.

From international to local: promoting local volunteer tourism to guarantee the persistence of wildlife conservation projects in the post-covid-19 era (2022)
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Nekaris, K., Rocha El Bizri, H., Hedger, K., Nijman, V., Weldon, A., & Campera, M. (2022). From international to local: promoting local volunteer tourism to guarantee the persistence of wildlife conservation projects in the post-covid-19 era. COVID, 2(9), 1287-1302. https://doi.org/10.3390/covid2090095

Volunteer tourists, often foreigners, collect essential data in wildlife conservation projects worldwide. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, international tourism activities reduced drastically, forcing many conservation projects to shut down. Using a nin... Read More about From international to local: promoting local volunteer tourism to guarantee the persistence of wildlife conservation projects in the post-covid-19 era.

Are larger primates less faunivorous? Consumption of arthropods by Amazonian primates does not fulfil the Jarman-Bell and Kay models (2022)
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Jesus, A., Castilla Torres, R., Quadros, J., Cruz, A., Valsecchi, J., Rocha El Bizri, H., & Mayor, P. (2022). Are larger primates less faunivorous? Consumption of arthropods by Amazonian primates does not fulfil the Jarman-Bell and Kay models. Acta Amazonica (Impresso), 52(3), 208-217. https://doi.org/10.1590/1809-4392202200842

Terrestrial arthropod groups, including insects, spiders, and millipedes, represent an important food resource for primates. However, species consumed and patterns and rates of arthropod-related feeding for most frugivorous primates are still poorly... Read More about Are larger primates less faunivorous? Consumption of arthropods by Amazonian primates does not fulfil the Jarman-Bell and Kay models.

Environmental predictors of filarial infection in Amazonian primates: ecological factors and primate filarial infection (2022)
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Conga, D., Rocha El Bizri, H., Crespo, C., Gomez-Puerta, L., Ulloa-Urizar, G., Perez-Pena, P., …Mayor, P. (2022). Environmental predictors of filarial infection in Amazonian primates: ecological factors and primate filarial infection. Acta tropica, 235, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actatropica.2022.106670

Filarial nematode infections are common in primates, but have received little attention in the Neotropics. Epidemiological data on filarial infections in primates are still too sparse to fully understand the complex of this parasitism, especially bec... Read More about Environmental predictors of filarial infection in Amazonian primates: ecological factors and primate filarial infection.

Patterns of wildlife hunting and trade by local communities in eastern Amazonian floodplains (2022)
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Bastos da Silva, A., E. R. Pereyra, P., El Bizri, H. R., M. S. Souto, W., & S. L. Barboza, R. (2022). Patterns of wildlife hunting and trade by local communities in eastern Amazonian floodplains. #Journal not on list, 11, https://doi.org/10.15451/ec2022-07-11.16-1-19

Local people living in the Amazon rainforest rely heavily on wild meat as a source of protein and income. While the patterns and drivers of wildlife hunting and trade by local communities are well-known for upland forests, such aspects have been poor... Read More about Patterns of wildlife hunting and trade by local communities in eastern Amazonian floodplains.

Ultrasound evaluation of fetal bone development in the collared (Pecari tajacu) and white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari) (2022)
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Pereira, T., Monteiro, F., da Silva, G., de Matos, S., Rocha El Bizri, H., Valsecchi, J., & et al. (2022). Ultrasound evaluation of fetal bone development in the collared (Pecari tajacu) and white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari). Journal of Anatomy, 241(3), https://doi.org/10.1111/joa.13724

The study of fetal development allows for evaluating the different strategies adopted by mammal species to maximize neonatal survival. Autonomous locomotion is fundamental for newborns to perform foraging activities and increases newborn survival fro... Read More about Ultrasound evaluation of fetal bone development in the collared (Pecari tajacu) and white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari).

Amazonia camtrap: A dataset of mammal, bird, and reptile species recorded with camera traps in the Amazon forest. (2022)
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Antunes, A., Montanarin, A., Gräbin, D., Monteiro, E., de Pinho, F., Alvarenga, G., …Ribeiro, M. (2022). Amazonia camtrap: A dataset of mammal, bird, and reptile species recorded with camera traps in the Amazon forest. Ecology, 103(9), e3738. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.3738

The Amazon forest has the highest biodiversity on earth. However, information on Amazonian vertebrate diversity is still deficient and scattered across the published, peer-reviewed and grey literature and in unpublished raw data. Camera traps are an... Read More about Amazonia camtrap: A dataset of mammal, bird, and reptile species recorded with camera traps in the Amazon forest..

Modelling the impact of hunting on the coexistence of congeneric deer species in Central Amazonia (2022)
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de Pinho, F. F., Lemos, L. P., Montanarin, A., El Bizri, H. R., Santos, J., Rabelo, R. M., …Paglia, A. P. (2022). Modelling the impact of hunting on the coexistence of congeneric deer species in Central Amazonia. Journal of Zoology, 317(3), 195-204. https://doi.org/10.1111/jzo.12970

The long-term coexistence of sympatric species is dependent on segregation in at least one of three niche dimensions: space, time or feeding habits. Hunting by people can influence species' temporal and spatial patterns and consequently affect their... Read More about Modelling the impact of hunting on the coexistence of congeneric deer species in Central Amazonia.

Freelisting as a suitable method to estimate the composition and harvest rates of hunted species in tropical forests (2022)
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Alvares Oliveira, M., El Bizri, H. R., Queiroz Morcatty, T., Rezende Messias, M., & Rodrigues da Costa Doria, C. (in press). Freelisting as a suitable method to estimate the composition and harvest rates of hunted species in tropical forests. #Journal not on list, 11, https://doi.org/10.15451/ec2022-03-11.08-1-9

The aim of this study was to test the use of measures obtained from freelisting as possible surrogates of the harvest rate of game species. For this purpose, we interviewed 100 rural and urban hunters in southwestern Amazonia to obtain the frequency... Read More about Freelisting as a suitable method to estimate the composition and harvest rates of hunted species in tropical forests.

Environmental and biological drivers of prevalence and number of eggs and oocysts of intestinal parasites in red howler monkeys from Central Amazonia (2022)
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de Souza Jesus, A., de Oliveira-Ramalho, M. L., El Bizri, H. R., Valsecchi, J., & Mayor, P. (2022). Environmental and biological drivers of prevalence and number of eggs and oocysts of intestinal parasites in red howler monkeys from Central Amazonia. Folia Primatologica, 93(2), 121-138. https://doi.org/10.1163/14219980-20210701

Host-parasite relationships can be directly affected by host’s biological aspects and environmental factors, which influence both the survival of infective forms and the incidence of parasites. However, logistical difficulties in accessing biological... Read More about Environmental and biological drivers of prevalence and number of eggs and oocysts of intestinal parasites in red howler monkeys from Central Amazonia.