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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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The Biogeography of Marine Incursions in South America

The Biogeography of Marine Incursions in South America

(p.137) Eight The Biogeography of Marine Incursions in South America
Historical Biogeography of Neotropical Freshwater Fishes

Devin D. Bloom

Nathan R. Lovejoy

University of California Press

This chapter examines the biogeography of marine incursions in South America. It summarizes evidence for marine incursions into the continental interior during the Miocene period and considers the effects of these paleogeographic events on the diversification of Neotropical fishes. It identifies some of the main biological factors that may have allowed for the successful invasion of Neotropical freshwaters, including origins from euryhaline or estuarine ancestors with high tolerance for salinity fluctuations.

Keywords:   biogeography, marine incursions, South America, Miocene period, Neotropical fishes, salinity fluctuations, euryhaline ancestors, estuarine ancestors

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