Biodiversity and Conservation

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 815–828 | Cite as

Biogeography and priority areas for the conservation of bats in the Brazilian Cerrado

  • Daiana Cardoso Silva
  • Thiago Bernardi Vieira
  • Joaquim Manoel da Silva
  • Karina de Cassia Faria
Original Paper


In this study, we describe the distribution pattern of bat species and select priority areas for the conservation of the Cerrado based on a systematic planning approach. We estimated species richness and calculated the total beta diversity based on Sørensen’s dissimilarity index (βsor). We estimated the species turnover using Simpson’s dissimilarity index (βsim). We then evaluated the nesting (βsne) by the difference between the dissimilarity indices (βsor and βsim). Based on this analysis, we identified the priority areas for the conservation of bats in the Cerrado based on the zonation approach. We found that the species richness and beta diversity of bats in the Cerrado are concentrated primarily in the central and northern portions of the biome. We also discovered that the conservation units of the Cerrado are ineffective for the protection of species with a restricted distribution (≤ 150 grid cells), such as Vampyrum spectrum, for which we propose the creation of new conservation units that better cover the diversity patterns observed in the present study. By conserving this diversity, we will also be protecting local habitats, which will in turn enable the survival of a wide range of species, and provide the ecosystems with the capacity to respond adequately to future changes in the environment.


Chiroptera Spatial turnover Nesting Rare species Conservation units Beta diversity 



The authors thank the Brazilian agency Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) for its financial support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daiana Cardoso Silva
    • 1
  • Thiago Bernardi Vieira
    • 2
  • Joaquim Manoel da Silva
    • 3
  • Karina de Cassia Faria
    • 3
  1. 1.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ecologia e ConservaçãoUniversidade do Estado de Mato GrossoNova XavantinaBrazil
  2. 2.Faculdade de Ciências BiológicasUniversidade Federal do ParáAltamiraBrazil
  3. 3.Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias, Biológicas e Sociais AplicadasUniversidade do Estado de Mato GrossoNova XavantinaBrazil

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