Northern South America

Douglas Rodríguez-Olarte, José Iván Mojica Corzo and Donald C. Taphorn Baechle

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:
Northern South America

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This chapter examines the small, local, river fish faunas in the Magdalena and Maracaibo basins in Northern South America (NSA). It analyzes species richness and distribution patterns of the freshwater fishes of the coast of NSA to delimit biogeographic units and relate them to historical and ecological variables. It evaluates the application of techniques of classification and ordination to the river fish faunas and describes the evolution of ichthyofaunas in the Magdalena and Maracaibo drainages.

Keywords: river fish faunas; Magdalena Basins; Maracaibo Basins; North South America; freshwater fishes; ichthyofaunas

Chapter.  12726 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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