The Eastern Brazilian Shield

Paulo A. Buckup

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:
The Eastern Brazilian Shield

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This chapter examines the impact on the eastern Brazilian Shield on fish species. It focuses only on patterns associated with strictly freshwater fishes that regularly occur in fresh streams. It reviews historical biogeographic evidence associated with general distribution patterns of the fish fauna occurring on both sides of these mountain chains and suggests that the geologic evolution of the chain of high mountains associated with the eastern limits of the Brazilian Shield provided an opportunity for the vicariance and isolation of fish species.

Keywords: Brazilian Shield; fish species; freshwater fishes; fish fauna; geologic evolution

Chapter.  8011 words. 

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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