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Historical Biogeography of Neotropical Freshwater Fishes

Edited By: James S Albert and Roberto E Reis

388 pages, Col & b/w illus, line illus, tabs

University of California Press

Hardback | Mar 2011 | #188804 | ISBN-13: 9780520268685
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About this book

The fish faunas of continental South and Central America constitute one of the greatest concentrations of aquatic diversity on Earth, consisting of about 10 per cent of all living vertebrate species.

This volume explores the evolutionary origins of this unique ecosystem. The chapters address central themes in the study of tropical biodiversity: why is the Amazon basin home to so many distinct evolutionary lineages? What roles do ecological specialization, speciation, and extinction play in the formation of regional assemblages? How do dispersal barriers contribute to isolation and diversification?

Focusing on whole faunas rather than individual taxonomic groups, the book shows that the area's high regional diversity is not the result of recent diversification in lowland tropical rainforests. Rather, it is the product of species accumulating over tens of millions of years and across a continental arena.


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Biography

James S. Albert is Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. Roberto E. Reis is Professor of Biology at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

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