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First record of albino lowland tapirs (Tapirus terrestris Linnaeus 1758) in an important Brazilian Atlantic Forest hotspot

Mariana Bueno Landis ORCID logo, Luciano Candisani, Leticia Prado Munhoes ORCID logo, João Carlos Zecchini Gebin ORCID logo, Frineia Rezende, Miguel Martins Flores de Jesus, Emília Patrícia Medici ORCID logo and Katia Maria Paschoaletto Micchi de Barros Ferraz ORCID logo
From the journal Mammalia


Albinism is the absence of pigmentation or coloration and is rarely found in nature. In this study we examined photos and videos obtained by cameras traps in the Legado das Águas Reserve. In the images, we identified two albino lowland tapirs. The results highlight the necessity of understanding the genetic diversity of lowland tapir populations and the important role of the professional photography associated with scientific research.

Corresponding author: Mariana Bueno Landis, Manacá Institute, Rodovia SP139, km 80, Caixa Postal 138, CEP 18230-000, São Miguel Arcanjo, São Paulo, Brazil; and Wildlife Ecology, Management and Conservation Lab (LEMaC), Forest Science Department, ESALQ, University of São Paulo, Av. Pádua Dias, 11 – Caixa Postal 09, 13418-900, Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil, E-mail:

Funding source: Brazilian Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)

Funding source: National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq)

Award Identifier / Grant number: #308632/2018-4

Funding source: Boticário Group Foundation for Nature Protection

Award Identifier / Grant number: 1097_20171


We thank David Canassa and Legado das Aguas Reserve team for the partnership in our projects, Luciano Zandoná for sharing albinos’ photographs, Roberto Fusco Costa for the support since the beginning of our monitoring, Pietro Scaracia, Hiago Ermenegildo and Cássia Mattos from Manacá Institute for the institutional support, Bruno Saranholi for the discussions, Elguero Farm, Boticário Group Foundation for Nature Protection for the financial support, Brazilian Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) for the scholarships and the National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq) for the productivity fellowship granted to KMPMBF (#308632/2018-4). James J. Roper, Ph.D., reviewed the English.


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Received: 2019-07-02
Accepted: 2020-04-02
Published Online: 2020-06-01
Published in Print: 2020-11-26

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