Over the years that I was living in Ubatuba in South-east Brazil I made careful notes of all the species that I observed on a nearly daily basis. There was frankly a lot of nonsense talked about the size of the Ubatuba list, with locals inflating the number to over 550, many of which were endemic to other regions and faunal zones of Brazil. They would often say that over 500 species can be seen in the municipality, which clearly is, at least, misleading if not downright dishonest.
|Elis and me working on the list at the museum
The total we came to was just over 400, which in itself is pretty amazing for a small corner of Brazil.
In addition there were some 40 species that had been reliably seen but did not fit into the criterior that we had set i.e. documented, even though we had seen them ourselves, so they could not be included in the main list.
This paper was published recently by the University of São Paulo Zoological Museum a place where we have spent many a happy hour scouring the collection and its library and chatting to the staff and students.
If you want to read the paper it can be found on the Publications page, just click on the download aftert he title.