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Taxonomic Review of Neotropical Mendoncia Vell. ex Vand. (Thunbergioideae, Acanthaceae)

Project summary:

The neotropical collections of Mendoncia in herbaria need a large amount of work as few species are determined, while the proliferation of names has created a large synonymy that has not been systematically updated in South American herbaria, therefore the present project aims to obtain funds to revise these specimens.

Cost: $


Fabio Araújo da Silva

Highest degree:

Masters in biological sciences

Year obtained:


Applicant Status:

Current student


Flowering plants

Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia and Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Silva, F.A.; Bonadeu, F. Acanthaceae em Colorado do Oeste, Rondônia, Brasil. Rodriguesia 70: 1-13. 2019.

Silva, F.A.; Gil, A.S.B.; Kameyama, C. Justicia carajensis, a new species of Acanthaceae from the Serra dos Carajás, Pará, Brazil. Phytotaxa 388: 266-274. 2019.

Silva, F.A.; Gil, A.S.B.; Reis, A.S.; Fernandes Junior, A.J.; Luz, C.F.P.; Kameyama, C. Three New Species of Justicia L. (Acanthaceae) from Brazil. Systematic botany 44: 697-707. 2019.

BFG - The Brazil Flora Group; Silva, F.A. Brazilian Flora 2020: Innovation and collaboration to meet Target 1 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC). Rodriguesia 69: 1513-1527. 2018.

Referee 1:

Daniela Cristina Zappi

Referee 2:

Cíntia Kameyama

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Scientific merit


1.  Contribution to novel methods for research in systematics and taxonomy and/or
     Building taxonomic capacity in developing countries

2.  Contribution to the generation of novel systematic data

3.  Quality and significance of questions being addressed

4.  Adequacy of methods for testing hypotheses (data collection/analysis/use of different tools)

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