Gayana 2020-08-11T00:18:29-04:00 Alfredo Saldaña Open Journal Systems <p><strong><strong>ISSN <strong>0717-652X</strong> (print)&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </strong><strong>ISSN <strong>0717-6538</strong> (online)</strong></strong></p> <p><strong>GAYANA</strong> mainly receives contributions such as Original Article, Review, Short Communication, Editorial, and Book Review. Manuscripts are accepted in English or Spanish, although the use of the English language is encouraged.</p> <p><strong>WoS Impact Factor:&nbsp; </strong>0.179 (2019)&nbsp; 0.393 (5 years)</p> <p><strong>SciELO</strong> (Scientific Electronic Library Online): <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a></p> Individual variation and potential geographic variation in the territorial song of Chucao tapaculo (Scelorchilus rubecula) in south-central Chile 2020-07-17T23:53:35-04:00 Heraldo V. Norambuena Pedro F. Victoriano <p>Se evalúa la variación individual y geográfica en los cantos territoriales de cinco poblaciones de <em>Scelorchilus rubecula</em>. Los resultados sugieren consistencia en los cantos a nivel individual y variación entre individuos de <em>S. rubecula</em>. Esta alta consistencia de los cantos individuales (66 - 91 %), indican que algunas variables (i.e., duración frase 1, FMA inicio frase 1, FMA final frase 2) pueden ser utilizadas para la identificación individual, mientras que a nivel geográfico/poblacional no se obtuvo una clara estructuración.</p> 2020-06-30T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Heraldo V. Norambuena, Pedro F. Victoriano Assessing climatic and intrinsic factors that drive arthropod diversity in bird nests 2020-07-17T23:53:36-04:00 Gaston O. Carvallo Manuel López-Aliste Mercedes Lizama Natali Zamora Giselle Muschett <p>Bird nests are specialized structures that act as microrefuge and a source of food for arthropods. Nest arthropod richness and composition may vary according to the nest builder, geographical location and nest size. Because information on nest arthropods is scarce, there are even fewer studies on the drivers of nest arthropod diversity. We characterized arthropod diversity in cup- and dome-shaped nests along a 130 km latitudinal gradient in the mediterranean-type region of Central Chile and, we assessed whether nest dimensions and climatic factors explain richness (alpha-diversity). Then, we evaluated whether climatic differences between sites explain arthropod nest composition (beta-diversity). All collected nests hosted at least one arthropod specimen. We identified 43 taxonomic entities (4.2 entities per nest ± 0.5, mean ± SE, n = 27 nests) belonging to 18 orders and five classes: Arachnida, Diplopoda, Entognatha, Insecta and Malacostraca. We observed differences in nest arthropod richness and composition related to sites but not bird species. Larger nests supported greater arthropod richness. Furthermore, we observed that climatic differences explain the variation in arthropod composition between sites. Nests in the northern region (drier and warmer) mainly hosted Hemipterans and Hymenopterans. Contrary, nests in the southern region (humid and colder) hosted species of Collembola, Dermaptera, and Diplopoda. Positive relationship between nests surface area with arthropod richness suggests us that larger nests may keep more resources. Our study sheds light on a crucial interaction which may have potential consequences for insect assemblage composition and bird reproductive biology.</p> 2020-06-30T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Gaston O. Carvallo, Manuel López-Aliste, Mercedes Lizama, Natali Zamora, Giselle Muschett Wintry habitat selection of the Zapallaren tree iguana (Liolaemus zapallarensis, Müller & Hellmich, 1933) and its abundance in Changa beach, Coquimbo, northern Chile 2020-07-17T23:53:37-04:00 Cesar Chávez-Villavicencio Marcelo M. Rivadeneira <p>Urban development modifies the habitat of reptiles where we expect, the individuals to select available sites with the quality necessary for their permanence. The aim of this study was to determine the variables that favored the habitat selection and abundance of The Zapallaren Tree Iguana <em>Liolaemus zapallarensis</em>, an endemic species of Chile, during a winter season in Changa beach, Coquimbo, in northern Chile. Between June and September 2017, we made 30 random visits to 18 plots of 900 m2 each<strong>. </strong>We estimated a resource selection probability function for presence-absence and abundance data using local habitat (e.g. slope, distance from the protection wall to the sea at low tide, interior height of the wall, mean height of the vegetation, rocky surface, and vegetal surface) and climatic variables (temperature, atmospheric pressure, direction and wind speed, solar radiation, and mean cloudiness) as predictors. Vegetation cover was the most important habitat variable explaining the presence of <em>L. zapallarensis</em>. In addition, increase in cloudiness and wind speed decreased the probability of selection. Manly’s selectivity measure varied according to the established home ranges and the availability ratios within them. Finally, increase in cloudiness and wind speed decreased the abundance. Overall, our results show that the characteristics related to habitat and local climate influences the resource selection that favors the survival of reptiles. This work shows that beach sectors in urban contexts under anthropic pressure have important available resources that favor the presence and abundance of reptiles.</p> 2020-06-30T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Cesar Chávez-Villavicencio, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira Estimating the climate change consequences on the potential distribution of Culex pipiens L. 1758, to assess the risk of West Nile virus establishment in Chile 2020-07-17T23:53:38-04:00 Daniela P. Figueroa Sergio Scott Christian R. González Gustavo Bizama Raúl Flores-Mara Ramiro Bustamante Mauricio Canals <p>Climate change affects the dynamics of vector-borne diseases. <em>Culex pipiens </em>Linnaeus is the main vector of West Nile fever; a widely distributed arbovirus, it is continuously increasing its distribution. Using a species distribution model, maps of suitable habitats of <em>Cx. pipiens </em>were generated for Chile in the current climate and three climate change&nbsp; scenarios,&nbsp; using&nbsp; global&nbsp; and&nbsp; regional&nbsp; georeferenced vector presence&nbsp; records&nbsp; as&nbsp; input,&nbsp; plus&nbsp; bioclimatic variables. Since this virus has not yet arrived in Chile, the purpose of this study is to anticipate potential risk areas and to prevent the establishment and spread of the virus. <em>Cx. pipiens </em>is widely distributed in Chile. The suitable habitats in Chile were concentrated mostly from 32º to 35ºS, increasing in future scenarios up to 113 % in the northern zone and moving towards the mountains. This species conserves around 90 % of its niche in the future, and shows a reduction of 11.4 % in the severe climate change scenario. It is anticipated that Chile will experience an increase in the environmental suitability for <em>Cx. pipiens </em>moving from the Andes to the coastal zone throughout the country, mainly in the center-south. This will raise the risk of local virus transmission if the virus is introduced to the country via diverse routes.</p> 2020-06-30T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Daniela P. Figueroa, Sergio Scott, Christian R. González, Gustavo Bizama, Raúl Flores-Mara, Ramiro Bustamante, Mauricio Canals Post-embryonic development and life table parameters of Neoseiulus californicus on Tetranychus desertorum and Panonychus citri (Acari: Phytoseiidae, Tetranychidae) under laboratory conditions 2020-07-19T12:02:23-04:00 Víctor Tello Mercado Eliana Rojas Loyola Tommy Rioja Soto <p>The postembryonic development, and life table parameters of the <em>Neoseiulus californicus </em>were studied under laboratory conditions in order to evaluate the potentiality of this depredator for feeding on two phytophages mites <em>Tetranychus desertorum </em>(desert spider mite) and <em>Panonychus citri </em>(red spider mite). <em>Tetranychus desertorum </em>and <em>P. citri </em>may be considered as optimal food for <em>N. californicus</em>, which obtained survival rates of 100 %, on them. The time of the postembryonic development was significantly different (<em>p &lt; 0.05</em>) between both diets. The periods of ovoposition, postoviposition and longevity of the <em>N. californicus </em>were 17.17; 4.37 and 22.53 days, respectively, fed with <em>T. desertorum</em>, and 14.84; 5.23 and 21.06 days, respectively, fed with <em>P. citri</em>. The demographic parameters of <em>N. californicus </em>obtained fed with <em>T. desertorum </em>and <em>P. citri </em>were<em>: </em>intrinsic rate of increase (r<sub>m</sub>) = 0.269±0.004 and 0.307±0.004, mean generation time (T) = 12.847±0.185 and 10.791±0.142, net reproductive rate (Ro) = 31.792±1.478 and 27.352±1.187, finite rate of increase (λ) = 1.309±0.006 and 1.359±0.006, respectively. The high values of r<sub>m</sub> and λ registered for <em>N. californicus </em>under experimental conditions are indicators of control potential that this phytoseiid presented as a predator over these phytophages mites.</p> 2020-06-30T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Víctor Tello Mercado, Eliana Rojas Loyola, Tommy Rioja Soto Obituary Prof. Dr. Trevor Platt 2020-08-11T00:18:29-04:00 Renato Quiñones Bergeret Osvaldo Ulloa Quijada 2020-06-30T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 RENATO QUINONES Current status of the marine bioinvasion research in Venezuela: topics and temporal trends 2020-07-23T00:41:38-04:00 Naily Figueroa López Antonio Brante <p>Venezuela has one of the richest marine biodiversity areas in the world. Despite the high risk for the introduction of exotic species derived from historically high tourist activity and maritime transportation, the country does not have an updated revision to examine the main advances and gaps of knowledge in regards of biological invasions. This study aims to review the current state of knowledge regarding marine invasions in Venezuela, identifying the main research topics and the spatial and temporal trends. An extensive literature review carried out in multiple scientific databases showed that 35 articles were published between 1998 and 2018. Studies were conducted mainly on the eastern coast of the country. From the 94 species reported as exotic or cryptogenic, only 11 were studied under the context of biological invasions, most of them being first records. Contrary to the trend observed in most parts of the world, the number of studies decreased in the last decade, potentially related to the socio-political situation of the country. The current knowledge on biological invasions in Venezuela is pour. This important lack of information limits progress regarding prevention plans and increases risk for biosecurity and marine conservation of the country.</p> 2020-06-30T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Naily Figueroa López, Antonio Brante Evidence of predation on the Helmeted water toad Calyptocephalella gayi (Duméril & Bibron, 1841) by the invasive African clawed frog Xenopus laevis (Daudin 1802) 2020-07-17T23:53:41-04:00 Pablo Fibla José M. Serrano Franco Cruz-Jofré Alejandra A. Fabres Francisco Ramírez Paola A. Sáez Katherin E. Otálora Marco A. Méndez <p>We report the first record of predation on a Helmeted water toad <em>Calyptocephalella gayi </em>tadpole by an adult specimen of the invasive African clawed frog <em>Xenopus laevis </em>in the locality of Pichi, Alhué (Santiago Metropolitan Region). This finding is discussed in the light of new sightings, in which both species have been detected to coexist in different localities of central Chile.</p> 2020-06-30T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Pablo Fibla, José M. Serrano, Franco Cruz-Jofré, Alejandra A. Fabres, Francisco Ramírez, Paola A. Sáez, Katherin E. Otálora, Marco A. Méndez Incorporation of bioethical standards for the generation of high quality scientific knowledge from research in wildlife: Science with conscience 2020-07-17T23:53:42-04:00 Tamara A. Tadich Inés de Freslón Carmen Gallo Jesús M. Zúñiga Ronald Vargas Cristian G. Torres Néstor Tadich Jessica Gimpel Claudio Martinez Daniel Sandoval Ricardo Enríquez Julio Alfaro Pablo Muñoz Rodolfo Paredes Benjamín Erranz Ingrid Carvacho Marcelo Mezzano Emilio A. Herrera <p>Research using wild animals has diverse aims, such as conservation, environmental management, and the generation of knowledge. The aim of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) is to assure that such research is carried out under high bioethical and animal welfare standards, minimizing animal suffering and environmental impact. This manuscript highlights the relevance of IACUCs as an ally to adjust the procedures on animals to the norm and thus facilitate scientific progress.</p> 2020-06-30T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Tamara A. Tadich, Inés de Freslón, Carmen Gallo, Jesús M. Zúñiga, Ronald Vargas, Cristian G. Torres, Néstor Tadich, Jessica Gimpel, Claudio Martinez, Daniel Sandoval, Ricardo Enríquez, Julio Alfaro, Pablo Muñoz, Rodolfo Paredes, Benjamín Erranz, Ingrid Carvacho, Marcelo Mezzano, Emilio A. Herrera Non-invasive genetic sampling of deer: a method for DNA extraction and genetic analysis from antlers 2020-07-20T21:22:23-04:00 Carlos Venegas Valeria Varas Juan Pablo Vásquez Juan Carlos Marín <p>We describe a non-invasive technique to isolate genomic DNA from connective tissue present in the antlers of deer of the genus <em>Hippocamelus</em>. This method is simpler and more effective than conventional more-destructive procedures which damage the collection material. This method is applicable to all cervids that annually regenerate their antlers.</p> 2020-06-30T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Carlos Venegas, Valeria Varas, Juan Pablo Vásquez, Juan Carlos Marín On the taxonomic status of Liolaemus islugensis Ortiz and Marquet, 1987 (Squamata: Liolaemidae) 2020-07-24T00:11:25-04:00 Margarita Ruiz De Gamboa Juan Carlos Ortiz <p>We review the taxonomic status of <em>Liolaemus islugensis </em>Ortiz &amp; Marquet, 1987, a scarcely known species belonging to the <em>L. montanus </em>group, that was propose as a junior synonym of <em>L. pantherinus </em>Pellegrin, 1909. The comparison of the original descriptions of both species and the review of the type material and other specimens allow us to validate <em>L. islugensis. Liolaemus pantherinus </em>is restricted to Bolivia and Peru, and <em>L. islugensis </em>is distributed in highlands of Chile and Bolivia.</p> 2020-06-30T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Margarita Ruiz De Gamboa, Juan Carlos Ortiz