September and October 2010 I visited for the fourth time the Brazilian
Forest in order to expand on a long-term project on the diversity and
of pholcids in this extraordinary biodiversity hotspot. Previous trips (2003, 2007, 2009) had revealed
unusually high numbers of species at any locality and little
species overlap among localities (Huber
& Rheims in press). In combination with the facts that
7% of the Atlantic Forest are left and that most of the forest
relatively easily accessible, this explains why the area is extremely
any study of the origin and maintenance of biodiversity.
The second part of the trip was
devoted to two forests in Rio de Janeiro and Espirito Santo states: a
forest near Santa Maria
Madalena (foto above), and a forest near Vargem Alta (foto below).
A new litter-dwelling species of the genus Mesabolivar from Reserva Volta Velha.
Atlantic Forest in Santa Maria Madalena.
I am very thankful to Janael Ricetti (below, left, with Darlene) and Abel Pérez González for preparing this trip and for accompanying me in the field. Thanks is also due to the Alexander Koenig Stiftung for financing the trip.