• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unraveling the ecology of the Endangered giant Cabo Verde wall gecko (Tarentola gigas), an endemic species of the Integral Nature Reserves of Raso and Branco islets

 

The islets of Raso and Branco from Cabo Verde archipelago are classified as Integral Nature Reserves and are now uninhabited. These areas hold important endemic species, facing continuous human pressure, but poorly studied due to the remoteness of the area. This is the case of the giant wall gecko (Tarentola gigas), classified as Endangered (http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/13152177/0) mainly due to its reduced distribution. Little information is known about the population size (expected to fluctuate strongly), diet and behaviour. This information is critical and urgent to guide the conservation management plans soon to be implemented.

 

This study proposes to achieve six main objectives:
1) Define the distribution range of the species; 2) Define the population sizes of the species; 3) Identify the main preys of the species and quantify the trophic relationships with bird and arthropod species; 4) Raise awareness of local fisherman communities that frequently visit the Desertas Islands about the need of protection of the species; 5) Collect information critical for the conservation management plan to be implemented; 6) Train field researchers of local ONG BIOSFERA I to conduct methodologies specific for reptiles and DNA analyses.

 
Principal Investigator:
 
Raquel Vasconcelos

Raquel Vasconcelos

Post-Doc Researcher

 
Research Team:
 
Amanda Sousa

Amanda Sousa

Collaborator

 
Ricardo Jorge Lopes

Ricardo Jorge Lopes

Post-Doc Researcher

 
Vanessa Mata

Vanessa Mata

PhD Student

 
 
Other Members:
Tommy Melo , Radvinson Monteiro, Franco Andreone and Bárbara Santos
 
State:
On going
 
Proponent Institution:
CIBIO-InBIO
 
Funded by:
Fondation Ensemble
 
Dates:
2016 (Duration: 1 years)
 
Participant Institutions:
Biosfera I (ONG) and Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Torino, Italy
 
Link:
 
Reference:
MP/EAM/2016/06