Diversity and Conservation of Dragonflies and Damselflies in the Pantanal Plateau of the Mato Grosso do Sul

Ricardo Koroiva


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24 Aug 2018

Expanding the Assessment of Threatened Dragonflies in a High Biodiversity Area of Cerrado: Conservation Subsidies

This project aims to improve knowledge of dragonflies and damselflies species (Insecta:Odonata) of the Pantanal Plateau, providing tools for conservation, such as improvement of zoological collection, update on the list of threatened odonata species found and genetic sequences of species.

The Pantanal Plateau, specifically the region of Serra da Bodoquena, consists of a north-south plateau extending for approximately 200 km with altitudes ranging between 450 and 650 meters. The region is located in the basin of the Paraguay River and in the sub-basins of the rivers Miranda and Aquidauana. In early 2000´s, Brazilian Government created the National Park of Serra da Bodoquena, aiming to preserve this natural ecosystem with great ecological relevance and scenic beauty. This reserve is the unique National Park conservation unit (UC) for full protection in Mato Grosso do Sul state, covering the municipalities of Bonito, Bodoquena, Jardim and Porto Murtinho, and considered a priority area for conservation according to the Ministry of Environment of Brazil.

Despite this reserve, Pantanal plateau has only 40% of its native vegetation remains. Habitat fragmentation and land conversion for agricultural propose are the greatest threats to biodiversity conservation of this area, which control the hydrological dynamics of Pantanal, one of the world’s largest marshy regions and an UNESCO World Heritage of Humanity Site. Considering this situation, this project aims to improve knowledge of dragonflies and damselflies species (Insecta:Odonata) of the Pantanal Plateau, providing tools for conservation, such as improvement of zoological collection, update on the list of threatened odonata species found and genetic sequences of species. Also, we will map the presence of two endangered species (by International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN -Red List) recently observed in this region. Through scientific publications and direct communication with government authorities, it is expected the incorporation of my results to improve species conservation action, management plans and the Endangered species list. Finally, we intend through partnership with NGOs and touristic sector show the importance of environment preservation for local population and worldwide tourists, considering that the city of Bonito, main municipality located in this area, is an international attraction for ecotourism.