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Mapeamento e modelação da diversidade avifaunistica em Angola

Author(s): Monteiro, Miguel José Ascensão Freire Parada

Date: 2014

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Origin: Repositório da UTL

Subject(s): Angola; biological collections; natural history museums; avifauna; Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical


Angola harbours one of the richest and most diverse avifaunas in Africa, due to its vast number of biomas and ecosystems. However, mainly due to the Portuguese Colonial war (1961-1974) and Angolan civil war (1974-2002), the country’s avian diversity and distribution is still poorly known. One way to increase the scientific knowledge of Angolan ornithology is by studying biological collections housed in various natural history museums around the world. This thesis was developed using the Angolan bird collection available at the Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical (IICT) in Lisbon, consisting of 1560 specimens belonging to 161 species collected in 291 different locations. The main goal was to demonstrate the importance of biological collections in developing studies on avifaunal ecology and distribution patterns in poorly studied regions. To achieve this goal, we performed a full taxonomic revision and spatially georreferenced the entire collection. Lastly, we modelled species distributions in Angola using the software Maxent. This work therefore highlighted the important role of biological collections in studying biodiversity patterns in poorly explored tropical countries with limited means.

Mestrado em Gestão e Conservação de Recursos Naturais - Instituto Superior de Agronomia / Universidade de Évora

Document Type Master thesis
Language Portuguese
Advisor(s) Reino, Luís Miguel Afonso; Cardoso, Maria Teresa Ferreira da Cunha
Contributor(s) Monteiro, Miguel José Ascensão Freire Parada
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