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Introduction to Neotropical Freshwaters

James S. Albert and Roberto E. Reis

in Historical Biogeography of Neotropical Freshwater Fishes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268685
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948501 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268685.003.0001
Introduction to Neotropical Freshwaters

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This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about freshwater fishes in South and Central America. It summarizes the major geographical features of tropical South and Central America, provides a brief overview of the earth history context in which modern fauna underwent its diversification, and reviews the development of ideas on the origins of the rich fauna. This book addresses questions concerning the evolutionary forces underlying the formation of highly diverse tropical aquatic ecosystems.

Keywords: freshwater fishes; South America; Central America; modern fauna; evolution; diversification; aquatic ecosystems

Chapter.  12399 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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