Biology of Semiarid Tropical Fish


José Rosa Gomes (Editor)
Sathyabama Chellappa (Editor)

Series: Marine Biology
BISAC: SCI039000

Brazil is home to equatorial, tropical, semi-arid, highland tropical, and subtropical climatic regions. The semiarid region of Northeastern Brazil, considered an area of drought polygon, has distinctive scrub vegetation referred to as Caatinga that covers over 10% of the Brazilian territory with approximately twenty million inhabitants. The Caatinga is considered one of the 37 Wilderness Areas of the World, and it plays an important role in the maintenance of regional macro-ecological processes, as well as indirectly supporting regions with biodiversity and endemism.

The Brazilian semiarid region is also home to Neotropical fish species that occur in diversified aquatic ecosystems, exhibiting different strategies to survive and reproduce. In this scenario of fantastic diversity there exists an intensive and yet insufficiently known interaction of environmental factors and fish communities. To fully understand this it is necessary to know the details about how it works.

This volume assembles research articles on different themes of biology of semiarid fish species. The contents of the ten articles show at least a fraction of the biology and adaptations of fish species to survive and complete their reproductive cycle in the aquatic ecosystems of semiarid Caatinga ecoregion. The articles address aspects of ecological distribution of fish communities, fish reproduction and behavior, anatomy and histology of the digestive tract and feeding habits of fish, and impacts of fish culture and of fish parasites. This information is important to fish biologists, ecologists, and to all individuals with an interest in fish species. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Section I: Aspects of Ecological Distribution of the Fish Communities

Endemic Fish Communities and Environmental Variables of the Piranhas-Assu Hydrographic Basin in the Brazilian Caatinga Ecoregion
Wallace Silva do Nascimento, Andréa Soares de Araújo, Liliane de Lima Gurgel, Maria Emília Yamamoto, Naithirithi T. Chellappa, Ricardo Souza Rosa, and Sathyabama Chellappa

Section II: Aspects of the Fish Reproduction and Behaviour

Ovarian Development and Reproductive Period of White Mullet, Mugil curema  in the Coastal Waters of Northeastern Brazil Mônica Rocha de Oliveira, Eudriano Florêncio dos Santos Costa, and Sathyabama Chellappa

Histological Aspects of Gonad Development in the Diandric Protogynous Sequential Hermaphrodite Fish  Synbranchus marmoratus  (Osteichthyes: Synbranchidae)
Nirlei Hirachy Costa Barros, Arrilton Araújo de Souza, and Sathyabama Chellappa

Mate Selection and Reproductive Success in the Amazonian Angelfish,  Pterophyllum scalare  (Osteichthyes: Cichlidae) Sathyabama Chellappa, Maria do Socorro Ribeiro Freire Cacho, and Gilson Luiz Volpato

Dynamics of Territorial Behaviour and Gonad Development in the Hybrid Red Tilapia,  Oreochromis niloticus  x  O. mossambicus  (Osteichthyes: Cichlidae) Sathyabama Chellappa, Ana Patrícia Targino de Medeiros, Maria do Socorro Ribeiro Freire Cacho, and Gilson Luiz Volpato

Section III: Anatomy and Histology of the Digestive Tract and Feeding Habits of Fish Species

Anatomy and Histology of the Digestive Tract and Feeding Habits of the Marbled Swamp Eel, Synbranchus marmoratus
Luciana Araújo Montenegro, Naisandra Bezerra da Silva, Wallace Silva do Nascimento, and Sathyabama Chellappa

Anatomy and Histology of the Digestive Tract and Feeding Habits of Hoplias malabaricus  (Bloch, 1794) (Osteichthyes: Erythrinidae)
Emilly Kataline Rodrigues Pessoa, Naisandra Bezerra da Silva, Arrilton Araújo de Souza, and Sathyabama Chellappa

Feeding and Reproductive Dynamics of the Damselfish,  Stegastes fuscus in the Coastal Reefs of Northeastern Brazil
Bhaskara Canan, Emilly Kataline Rodrigues Pessoa, Gilson Luiz Volpato, Arrilton Araújo, and Sathyabama Chellappa

Section IV: Impacts of Fish Culture

Impact of Nile Tilapia Cage Culture on the Phytoplankton Community in a Tropical Reservoir
Emilly Kataline Rodrigues Pessoa, Rafson Varela dos Santos, Sathyabama Chellappa, and Naithirithi T. Chellappa

Section V: Aspects of Fish Parasites

Occurrence of Neoechinorhynchus curemai  (Acanthocephala: Neoechinorhynchidae) in Mugil curema  (Osteichthyes: Mugilidae) from the Coastal Waters of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil Elizete Teresinha Santos Cavalcanti, Ricardo Massato Takemoto, Maria de ós Angeles Perez Lizama, Leucio Câmara Alves, and Sathyabama Chellappa



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