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Fishes

Peter B. Moyle, James Hobbs and Teejay O'Rear

in Ecology, Conservation, and Restoration of Tidal Marshes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780520274297
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780520954014 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520274297.003.0011
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Fish assemblages in three marsh regions were compared. Sixty percent of delta species were alien species, 50% of Suisun fishes, and 13% of South Bay fishes. Eighty-three percent of delta fishes were freshwater species, although anadromous species were important seasonally. A majority (64%) of Suisun Marsh fishes were euryhaline freshwater species. South Bay marshes were dominated by native marine species (83%). Tidal-marsh fish assemblages will change as the environment changes, the sea level rises, and more alien species invade. The changes are unpredictable without better understanding of the systems and without prevention of invasions of alien species.

Keywords: Suisun Marsh; climate change; alien species; invasive species; sea-level rise

Chapter.  6604 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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