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Historical Biogeography of Neotropical Freshwater Fishes$
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James Albert

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268685

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268685.001.0001

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Introduction to Neotropical Freshwaters

Introduction to Neotropical Freshwaters

Chapter:
(p.2) (p.3) One Introduction to Neotropical Freshwaters
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Historical Biogeography of Neotropical Freshwater Fishes
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James S. Albert

Roberto E. Reis

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520268685.003.0001

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about freshwater fishes in South and Central America. It summarizes the major geographical features of tropical South and Central America, provides a brief overview of the earth history context in which modern fauna underwent its diversification, and reviews the development of ideas on the origins of the rich fauna. This book addresses questions concerning the evolutionary forces underlying the formation of highly diverse tropical aquatic ecosystems.

Keywords:   freshwater fishes, South America, Central America, modern fauna, evolution, diversification, aquatic ecosystems

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