Gilbert Barrantes



Desde 1990 profesor e investigador en la Escuela de Biología de la Universidad de Costa Rica y el Museo de Zoología UCR en los campos de historia natural, ecología y comportamiento de aves y arañas.


Último Título Académico:

2000. Ph.D. Department of Biology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA.



Capítulos de Libros Editados:

Barrantes, G. y J. Chaves. 2003. Biodiversidad avifaunistica de Costa Rica. Pp. 165 – 178. In, R. Acuña-Mesén (ed.). La biodiversiad. Editorial Universiad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica.

Barrantes, G., and J. E. Sánchez. 2003. Geographical distribution, Ecology, and Conservation Status of Costa Rican Dry Forest Avifauna. Pp. 147-159. In, F. Gordon, A. Mata, and S. B. Vinson (eds.). Biodiversity conservation in Costa Rica: learning the lesson in a seasonal dry forest. University of California Press, California.

Barrantes, G. 2005. Historia natural de las aves del páramo costarricense. Pp. 521-532. In, M. Kappelle & S. Horn (eds.). Páramos de Costa Rica. Editorial INBio.

Barrantes, G. y J. Lobo. 2005. Protección de áreas silvestres en el bosque lluvioso del Pacífico húmedo de Costa Rica. Pp. 241 – 252. In, J. Lobo y F. Bolaños (eds.). Historia Natural de Golfito, Costa Rica. Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio), Heredia, Costa Rica.

Chaves, J., G. Barrantes, y A. Pereira. 2005. Aves. Pp. 215 – 228. In, J. Lobo y F. Bolaños (eds.). Historia Natural de Golfito, Costa Rica. Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio), Heredia, Costa Rica.

Barrantes, G. and J. Chaves-Campos. 2009. Birds in coastal and marine environmentes. Pp. 469-478. In, I. S. Wehrtmann and J. Cortés (eds). Marine biodiversity of Costa Rica, Central America. Springer Press.


Artículos Científicos:

Barrantes, G. y A. Pereira. 1992. Fluctuación en la abundancia de Charadriformes en una playa fangosa de Chomes, Costa Rica. Revista Biología Tropical 40: 303 – 308.

Araya M., G. Barrantes, and G. Cordero. 1992. Predation on Purple Gallinule (Rallidade, Aves) by Great Blue Heron (Ardeidae, Aves). Brenesia 38: 155.

Barrantes, G. 1993.  Comparación del peso de plumas entre cinco especies de paramo. Revista Biologia Tropical 41: 901 – 903.

Barrantes, G. 1994.  First description of nest and eggs of Sooty-faced Sparrow. Wilson Bulletin 106: 574.

Barrantes, G. 1998. Biología y comportamiento de la reinita de manglar (Dendroica petechia xanthotera). Brenesia 49-50: 61 – 69.

Barrantes, G. 1998. Reproductive activity of birds in a mangrove swamp in Northwest Costa Rica. Revista Biologia Tropical 46:1163 – 1166.

Barrantes, G., and J. E. Sánchez. 2000. A new subspecies of Black and Yellow Silky Flycatcher. Bulletin British Ornithological Club 120: 40 – 46.

Barrantes, G. and B. A. Loiselle. 2002. Reproduction, habitat use, and natural history of Phainoptila melanoxantha. ORNITOLOGIA NEOTROPICAL 13: 121 – 136.

Barrantes, G., and A. Pereira. 2002. Seed dissemination by frugivorous birds from forest fragments to adjacent pastures on the western slope of Volcán Barva, Costa Rica. Revista Biologia Tropical 50: 569 – 675.

Barrantes, G., J. Chaves, and J. Sánchez. 2002. Updated list of the birds of Costa Rica: with notes on conservation status. Zeledonia - Boletin Especial No. 1: 1 – 30.

Barrantes, G. and E. Biamonte-Hidalgo. 2004. Range expansion of Ramphocelus costaricensis (Aves: Thraupidae) to the northeastern Central Valley, Costa Rica. Brenesia 62: 101 – 102.

Chacón, E. and G. Barrantes. 2004. Blue-crowned Motmot (Momotus momota: Momotidae) predation on a long-tongued bat (Glossophaginae). Wilson Bulletin 116: 108 – 110.

Sánchez, J. E., G. Barrantes, y F. Durán. 2004. Distribución, ecología y conservación de las aves de la cuenca del río Savegre, Costa Rica. Brenesia 61: 63 – 93.

Farji-Brener, A., G. Barrantes, and A. Roggiero. 2004. Environmental rugosity, body size and access to food: a test of the size-grain hypothesis in tropical litter ants. OIKOS 104: 165-174.

Agnarson, I., G. Barrantes, and L. J. May-Collado. 2006. Notes on the biology of Anelosimus pacificus Levi, 1963 (Theridiidae, Araneae) – evidence for an evolutionary reversal to a less social state. Journal of Natural History 40: 2681 – 2687.

Barrantes, G. and J. Weng. 2006. The Attack Behavior of Achaearanea tesselata (Araneae: Theridiidae). Journal of Arachnology 34: 456 – 466.

Barrantes, G. and J. Weng. 2006. Viscid globules in webs of the spider Achaearanea tesselata (Araneae: Theridiidae). Journal of Arachnology 34: 480 – 482.

Eberhard, W. G., G. Barrantes, and J. L. Weng. 2006. The mystery of how spiders extract food without masticating prey. Bulletin British arachnological Society 13: 372 – 376.

Eberhard, W. G., G. Barrantes, and J. L. Weng. 2006. Tie them up tight: wrapping by Philoponella vicina spiders breaks, compresses and sometimes kills their prey. Naturwissenschaft 93: 251 – 254.

Sandoval, L. y G. Barrantes. 2006. Selección de árboles muertos por Melanerpes hoffmannii (Picidae: Aves) para la construcción de nidos. Ornitologia Neotropical 17: 295 – 300.

Weng, J. L., G. Barrantes, and W. G. Eberhard. 2006. Feeding by Philoponella vicina (Araneae, Uloboridae) and how uloborids lost their venom glands. Canadian Journal of Zoology 1752-1762.

Barrantes, G. and J. Weng. 2007. Natural history, feeding behaviour, and parasites of Theridion evexum (Araneae: Theridiidae). Bulletin British arachnological Society 14: 61-65.

Barrantes, G. 2007. Camouflage in webs of Helvibis longicauda (Araneae: Theridiidae). Bulletin British arachnological Society 14: 59-60.

Barrantes, G. and W. g. Eberhard. 2007. The evolution of prey wrapping behaviour in spiders. Journal of Natural History 41: 1631-1658.

Barrantes, G. and J. Weng. 2007 (2008). Carrion feeding in the cob-web spider Theridion evexum. Journal of Arachnology 35: 557–560.

Weng, J. L. and G. Barrantes. 2007. Natural History and Larval Behavior of the parasitoid Zatypota petronae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 16: 327-336.

Farji-Brener, A. G., G. Barrantes, O. Laverde, K. Fierro-Calderón, F. Bascopé, A. López. 2007. Fallen branches as part of leaf-cutting ant trails: their role in resource discovery and on leaf transport rates in Atta cephalotes. Biotropica 39: 211-215.

Lobo, J., G. Barrantes, M. Castillo, R. Quesada, T. Maldonado, E. J. Fuchs, S. Solís, and M. Quesada. 2007. Effects of selective logging on the abundante, regeneration and short-term survival of Caryocar costarricense (Caryocaceae) and Peltogyne purpurea (Caesalpinaceae), two endemic species to southern Central America. Forest Ecology and Management 245: 88-95.

Barrantes, G., W. G. Eberhard, and J. Weng. 2008. Seasonal patterns of parasitism of the tropical spiders Theridion evexum (Araneae, Theridiidae) and Allocyclosa bifurca (Araneae, Araneidae) by the wasps Zatypota petronae and Polysphincta gutfreundi (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae). Revista Biología Tropical 56: 749-754.

Barrantes, G., C. Sánchez, B. Hilje, and R. Jaffe. 2008. Intrapopulation song variation in males of Green Violet-ear (Colibri thalassinus: Trochilidae, Aves). Wilson Bulletin 120: 519–524.

Eberhard, W. G., G. Barrantes, and R. Madrigal-Brenes. 2008. Vestiges of an orb-weaving ancestor? The “biogenic law” and ontogenetic changes in the webs and building behavior of the black widow spider Latrodectus geometricus (Araneae: Theridiidae). Ethology Ecology and Evolution 20: 211-244.

Barrantes, G. and R. Madrigal-Brenes. 2008. Ontogenetic changes in the web and growth of Tengella radiata (Araneae; Tengellidae). Journal of Arachnology 36: 545-551.

Barrantes, G. 2008. Courtship behavior and copulation in Tengella radiata (Araneae, Tengellidae). Journal of Arachnology 36: 606-608.

Sandoval, L. and G. Barrantes. 2009. Relationship between abundance of cavity-wood excavator birds and the cavity-adopters in seven tropical forests. Wilson Bulletin 121: 75-81

Barrantes, G. and L. Sandoval. 2009. Conceptual and statistical problems associated with the use of diversity indices in ecology. Revista Biología Tropical 57:451–460.

Sandoval, L. and G. Barrantes. 2009. Nest usurping occurrence of the Piratic Flycatcher in southwestern Costa Rica. Ornitologia Neotropical 20: 401–407.

Barrantes, G. and E. Triana. 2009. Characteristics of the capture threads of Synotaxus sp. (probably S. turbinatus) webs (Araneae, Synotaxidae). Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society 14: 349–352.

Barrantes, G. and J. Weng. 2009. Maternal care and offspring behaviour in three theridiid species (Araneae: Theridiidae). Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society 14: 353–356.

Pereira, A. I. & G. Barrantes. 2009 Distribución y densidad de la avifauna de la Península de Osa (1990-1991). Revista Biología Tropical 57: 323–332.

Barrantes, G. 2009. The role of historical and local factors in determining species composition of the highland avifauna of Costa Rica and western Panamá. Revista Biología Tropical 57: 333–349

Madrigal-Brenes, R. and G. Barrantes. 2009. Construction and function of the web of Tidarren sisyphoides (Araneae: Theridiidae). Journal of Arachnology 37: 306–311.

Fuchs, E. J., J. Ross-Ibarra, and G. Barrantes. 2010. Reproductive biology of Macleania rupestris (Ericaceae) a pollen-limited Neotropical cloud-forest species in Costa Rica. Journal of Tropical Ecology 26: 351–354.

Chavarría-Pizarro, T., G. Gutiérrez, E. J. Fuchs, and G. Barrantes. 2010. Genetic and morphological variation in the Sooty-capped Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus pileatus), a highland endemic species from Costa Rica and West-Panama. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122: 279–287.

Moya, J., R. Quesada, G. Barrantes, W. Eberhard, I. Escalante, C. Esquivel, A. Rojas, E. Triana, and A. Arias. 2010. Egg sac construction in folded dead leaves by Pozonia nigroventris and Micrathena sp. (Araneae, Araneidae). Journal of Arachnology 38: 371–373.

Barrantes, G. and W. G. Eberhard. 2010. Ontogeny repeats phylogeny in Steadoda and Latrodectus spiders. Journal of Arachnology 38:485-494.