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Historical Biogeography of Neotropical Freshwater Fishes

James Albert


The fish faunas of continental South and Central America constitute one of the greatest concentrations of aquatic diversity on Earth, consisting of about 10% of all living vertebrate species. This book 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? Focus ... More

Keywords: fish faunas, South America, Central America, ecosystem, Amazon, freshwater fishes, biogeography, neotropical

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520268685
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520268685.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Albert, editor

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Part One Continental Analysis

One Introduction to Neotropical Freshwaters

James S. Albert, and Roberto E. Reis

Two Major Biogeographic and Phylogenetic Patterns

James S. Albert, Paulo Petry, and Roberto E. Reis

Three Geological Development of Amazon and Orinoco Basins

Frank P. Wesselingh, and Carina Hoorn

Five Species Richness and Cladal Diversity

James S. Albert, Henry J. Bart, and Roberto E. Reis

Six Paleogene Radiations

Hernán López-Fernández, and James S. Albert

Seven Neogene Assembly of Modern Faunas

James S. Albert, and Tiago P. Carvalho

Eight The Biogeography of Marine Incursions in South America

Devin D. Bloom, and Nathan R. Lovejoy

Nine Continental-Scale Tectonic Controls of Biogeography and Ecology

Flávio C. T. Lima, and Alexandre C. Ribeiro

Part two Regional analysis

Eleven The Amazon-Paraguay Divide

Tiago P. Carvalho, and James S. Albert

Thirteen The Guiana Shield

Nathan K. Lujan, and Jonathan W. Armbruster

Fourteen The Vaupes Arch and Casiquiare Canal

Kirk O. Winemiller, and Stuart C. Willis

Fifteen Northern South America

Douglas Rodríguez-Olarte, José Iván Mojica Corzo, and Donald C. Taphorn Baechle

Sixteen The Andes

Scott Schaefer

Seventeen Nuclear Central America

C. Darrin Hulsey, and Hernán López-Fernández

Eighteen Not So Fast

Prosanta Chakrabarty, and James S. Albert