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      Small non-flying mammals from conserved and altered areas of Atlantic Forest and Cerrado: comments on their potencial use for monitoring environment Translated title: Pequenos mamíferos não voadores de áreas conservadas e alteradas da Floresta Atlântica e do Cerrado: comentários sobre seu uso potencial no monitoramento ambiental

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          Two Atlantic Forests and two Cerrado areas in Brazil were sampled for non-flying small mammal fauna. In each biome one area with altered and another with almost unaltered vegetation (national parks), were chosen to investigate these fauna. Species richness of Atlantic Forest and Cerrado was comparable in the conserved as well as in the altered areas. Data suggested that species could be divided into different ecological categories according to distribution, use of altered and/or relatively unaltered vegetation and habitat specificity. Within these ecological categories some species are appropriate indicators for monitoring environmental quality and degradation. Useful guidelines for wildlife management planning, including selecting areas for conservation units and their better boundary delimitation can ensue.

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          A fauna de pequenos mamíferos não voadores foi amostrada em duas áreas localizadas na Floresta Atlântica e duas no Cerrado, no Brasil. Em cada bioma foram escolhidas uma área alterada e outra com vegetação pouco alterada (parques nacionais) para investigar essa fauna. A riqueza de espécies da Floresta Atlântica e do Cerrado foi comparável nas áreas com vegetação conservada e nas áreas com vegetação pouco alterada. Os dados sugerem que as espécies podem ser divididas em diferentes categorias ecológicas de acordo com sua distribuição, uso da vegetação alterada e/ou pouco alterada e especificidade do habitat. Dentro dessas categorias ecológicas algumas espécies são indicadores apropriados para monitorar a qualidade e degradação ambiental. Conseqüentemente, são ferramentas úteis para o planejamento do manejo da vida silvestre, incluindo seleção de áreas para unidades de conservação e delimitação mais adequada.

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                Journal
                bjb
                Brazilian Journal of Biology
                Braz. J. Biol.
                Instituto Internacional de Ecologia (São Carlos )
                1678-4375
                November 2002
                : 62
                : 4b
                : 765-774
                Affiliations
                [1 ] Instituto Nacional de Câncer Brazil
                [2 ] Fundação Oswaldo Cruz Brazil
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                S1519-69842002000500005
                10.1590/S1519-69842002000500005
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