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Sci Data ; 7(1): 96, 2020 03 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32193422


The Amazon Basin is an unquestionable biodiversity hotspot, containing the highest freshwater biodiversity on earth and facing off a recent increase in anthropogenic threats. The current knowledge on the spatial distribution of the freshwater fish species is greatly deficient in this basin, preventing a comprehensive understanding of this hyper-diverse ecosystem as a whole. Filling this gap was the priority of a transnational collaborative project, i.e. the AmazonFish project - Relying on the outputs of this project, we provide the most complete fish species distribution records covering the whole Amazon drainage. The database, including 2,406 validated freshwater native fish species, 232,936 georeferenced records, results from an extensive survey of species distribution including 590 different sources (e.g. published articles, grey literature, online biodiversity databases and scientific collections from museums and universities worldwide) and field expeditions conducted during the project. This database, delivered at both georeferenced localities (21,500 localities) and sub-drainages grains (144 units), represents a highly valuable source of information for further studies on freshwater fish biodiversity, biogeography and conservation.

Bases de Dados Factuais , Peixes , Animais , Biodiversidade , Conservação dos Recursos Naturais , Água Doce , Rios , América do Sul
Neotrop. ichthyol ; 18(2): e190093, 2020. tab, graf
Artigo em Inglês | LILACS | ID: biblio-1135375


Several organisms match their skin color to the prevalent background color, granting crypsis against predators. The rate at which body color changes occur varies among organisms as a result of physiological constraints and adaptation to variation in contrasts between objects and the environmental background. Faster darkening of body color is favored in environments that show higher amounts of contrast between common objects and the prevailing background. Soil types in Amazon forest streams (igarapés) create distinct environments with respect to the amount of contrast, a result of the amount of sand and clay, which offers different contrasts against dead leaves. Here, we investigated differences in the rates of color change among populations of the sailfin tetra (Crenuchus spilurus) that represent lineages that live in regions of different soil types. Populations inserted into blackwaters (sandy soil) showed higher rates of color darkening in response to exposure to a dark environment composed by dead leaves. We propose that natural selection stemming from predation can favor faster color change rate in environments where there is higher variability of contrasts between leaf litter and soil, which is common in most blackwater streams.(AU)

Diversos organismos combinam sua coloração corporal com a cor de fundo predominante no ambiente, conferindo cripticidade contra predadores. A taxa na qual as mudanças de coloração corpórea ocorrem varia entre os organismos como resultado de restrições fisiológicas e adaptação à variação de contrastes entre objetos e o ambiente. O escurecimento mais rápido da cor do corpo é favorecido em ambientes que mostram maiores quantidades de contraste entre objetos comuns e o fundo predominante. Tipos de solo em igarapés da floresta amazônica criam ambientes distintos em relação à quantidade de contraste, resultado da quantidade de areia e argila, que oferece diferentes contrastes contra folhiço submerso. Nós investigamos as diferenças nas taxas de mudança de cor entre populações do tetra-colibri Crenuchus spilurus que representam linhagens que vivem em regiões de diferentes tipos de solo. Populações inseridas em águas pretas (solo arenoso) apresentaram maiores taxas de escurecimento da cor em resposta à exposição ao ambiente escuro de folhiço submerso. Nós propomos que a seleção natural decorrente da predação pode favorecer uma taxa de mudança de cor mais rápida em ambientes onde há maior variabilidade de contrastes entre o folhiço submerso e o solo, o que é comum na maioria dos igarapés de águas pretas.(AU)

Animais , Seleção Genética , Solo , Adaptação , Characidae/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Characidae/fisiologia
J Evol Biol ; 31(6): 882-892, 2018 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29577482


Alfred Russel Wallace proposed classifying Amazon rivers based on their colour and clarity: white, black and clear water. Wallace also proposed that black waters could mediate diversification and yield distinct fish species. Here, we bring evidence of speciation mediated by water type in the sailfin tetra (Crenuchus spilurus), a fish whose range encompasses rivers of very distinct hydrochemical conditions. Distribution of the two main lineages concords with Wallace's water types: one restricted to the acidic and nutrient-poor waters of the Negro River (herein Rio Negro lineage) and a second widespread throughout the remaining of the species' distribution (herein Amazonas lineage). These lineages occur over a very broad geographical range, suggesting that despite occurring in regions separated by thousands of kilometres, individuals of the distinct lineages fail to occupy each other's habitats, hundreds of metres apart and not separated by physical barrier. Reproductive isolation was assessed in isolated pairs exposed to black-water conditions. All pairs with at least one individual of the lineage not native to black waters showed significantly lower spawning success, suggesting that the water type affected the fitness and contributed to reproductive isolation. Our results endorse Wallace's intuition and highlight the importance of ecological factors in shaping diversity of the Amazon fish fauna.

Evolução Biológica , Caraciformes/genética , Caraciformes/fisiologia , Especiação Genética , Variação Genética , Água , Adaptação Fisiológica/genética , Animais , DNA Mitocondrial/genética
Sci Rep ; 7: 40170, 2017 01 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28071701


Combined effects of climate change and deforestation have altered precipitation patterns in the Amazon. This has led to changes in the frequency of extreme events of flood and drought in recent decades and in the magnitude of the annual flood pulse, a phenomenon that influences virtually all aspects of river-floodplain ecosystem dynamics. Analysis of long-term data revealed abrupt and synchronous changes in hydrology and fish assemblage structure of a floodplain lake near the confluence of Amazon and Negro rivers. After an intense drought in 2005, the assemblage assumed a different and fairly persistent taxonomic composition and functional structure. Declines in abundance after 2005 were more pronounced for species of all sizes having equilibrium life history strategy, large species with periodic life history strategy, and for all trophic levels except primary consumers. Our results suggest that the extreme drought triggered changes in the fish assemblage and subsequent anomalous hydrological conditions have hampered assemblage recovery. These findings stress the need to account for climatic-driven hydrological changes in conservation efforts addressing aquatic biodiversity and fishery resources in the central Amazon.

Biota , Mudança Climática , Conservação dos Recursos Naturais , Peixes/classificação , Lagos , Rios , Ciclo Hidrológico , Animais , Peixes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Inundações , Estudos Longitudinais
Neotrop. ichthyol ; 9(1): 233-240, Mar. 2011. ilus, tab
Artigo em Inglês | LILACS | ID: lil-583956


O peixe-pregador Gobiesox barbatulus apresenta atividade alimentar noturna, permanecendo estacionário e aderido à parte inferior de pedras durante a maior parte do dia. Para se alimentar utiliza as táticas de espreita e consumo de material particulado. Apresenta hábito alimentar carnívoro e ingere principalmente crustáceos bentônicos. Locomove-se principalmente de duas formas: (1) “pedra-a-pedra”, deslizando seu disco adesivo ventral por sobre pedras adjacentes e (2) “surfe”, quando se aproveita da energia da maré vazante para percorrer rapidamente distâncias de até quatro vezes seu tamanho. A época reprodutiva desta espécie ocorre entre o final da primavera e início do verão, quando deposita aproximadamente 2.000 ovos adesivos de 1 mm de diâmetro cada e dispostos em uma única camada na parte inferior de pedras. Possui mais de uma desova por estação reprodutiva e, portanto, contendo ovos em diferentes estágios de desenvolvimento. Realiza ventilação, limpeza e guarda dos ovos como formas de cuidado parental. Os dados aqui apresentados também indicam que G. barbatulus possui certa fidelidade aos locais nos quais se abriga, sendo provavelmente uma espécie territorial.

The clingfish Gobiesox barbatulus shows nocturnal feeding activity, spending most part of the day stationary and adhered to the inferior part of stones. To feed, this species uses the sit-and-wait and particulate feeding tactics. It shows a carnivorous feeding habit mostly consuming small benthic crustaceans. It can move in two ways: (1) “stone-by-stone”, sliding its ventral sucker disc across each stone and (2) “surf”, when it takes advantage of the energy of the ebbing tide to quickly cross a distance up to four times its body length. Its reproductive season occurs between the end of spring and the beginning of summer, during which time it lays about 2,000 adhesive eggs of 1 mm each in a single layer under stones. It has more than one egg-laying session per reproductive season, therefore showing several different developmental stages. It performs fanning, mouthing and guarding of the eggs as forms of parental care. Data shown here also indicates that G. barbatulus has some shelter fidelity, being probably territorial.

Animais , Ecossistema/análise , Peixes/classificação , Comportamento Alimentar/etnologia , Reprodução/fisiologia