Hélder Queiroz

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Hélder Queiroz
Born Hélder Lima de Queiroz
1963 (age 53–54)
Pirapora, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Residence Tefé, Brazil
Citizenship Brazilian
Fields Conservation biology

Mamirauá Institute for

Sustainable Development - MISD
Alma mater

St. Andrews University,

Doctoral advisor Anne E. Magurran
Other academic advisors José Márcio Ayres
Known for Arapaima biology and Amazon conservation
M.Sc. 1994 UFPA, Belém; B.Sc. 1989 UNB, Brasília

Hélder Lima de Queiroz is a Brazilian conservation biologist, primatologist, and fish behaviorist.[1]

He is the Director of the Instituto de Desenvolvimento Sustentável Mamirauá (MISD) in Amazonas state, dedicated to protecting the biodiversity of the Amazon flood forest and the well-being of those who live there, through community management of the environment.[2]

Queiroz received his doctorate in 2000 from St. Andrews University, Scotland, in Environmental And Evolutionary Biology, with the thesis "Natural history and conservation of pirarucu, Arapaima gigas, at the Amazonian várzea: Red giants in muddy waters". His advisor was the population biologist Anne E. Magurran.

He has discovered and named a new species of capuchin monkey (Queiroz, 1992). He currently (2013) works on Amazon flooded forest ecology, ecology and behaviour of Amazonian vertebrates, Indian hunting. He is a graduate faculty member in zoology at the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, and animal sciences at Federal University of Pará State (UFPA), in Belém.


  • SOUSA, L. L.; QUEIROZ, H. L.; AYRES, J. M. 2006. The mottled-face tamarin, Sguinus inustus, in the Amanã Sustainable Development Reserve. Neotropical Primates, Vol. 12, 121-122.
  • QUEIROZ, H. L. 1992. A new species of capuchin monkey, genus Cebus Erxleben, 1777 (Cebidae: Primates) from Eastern Brazilian Amazonia. Goeldiana, Zoologia Vol. 15, 1-13.
  • QUEIROZ, H. L. 1994. Preguiças e Guaribas: Os Mamíferos Folívoros Arborícolas do Mamirauá. Brasília: Sociedade Civil Mamirauá & CNPq. 120 pp.[3]
  • QUEIROZ, H. L.; MAGURRAN, A. E. 2005. Safety in Numbers? Schoaling behaviour of the Amazonian red-bellied piranha. Biological Letters of the Royal Society, Vol. 1, n. 2, 155-157.


  1. ^ Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi: Série ciências naturais - Volume 1, Numéro 1 - Page 258 Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, Brazil. Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia - 2005 "Hélder Lima de Queiroz : em prol da preservação da natureza. Foi um dos cientistas brasileiros mais premiados na área de Conservação da Biodiversidade, especialista em criação e gestão de Unidades de Conservação, ..."
  2. ^ 14 Jul 2006 – Hélder Lima de Queiroz ISDM abstracts.
  3. ^ Ciência hoje: revista de divulgação científica da Sociedade Nos 117-125 - Page 79 1996 "Os mamíferos folívoros arborícolas do Mamirauá, de Hélder Lima de Queiroz, por Rui Cerqueira; na 118, p. 17."

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