Albert, J.S. & R.E. Reis (editors)
Title Historical Biogeography of Neotropical Freshwater Fishes
0520268687 / 9780520268685
Inventory number 979358
2011. 29cm. Pp.408. Hardbound.
Historical Biogeography of Neotropical Freshwater Fishes explores the evolutionary origins of a 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, this volume 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.
“A major contribution to our understanding of multiple aspects of the Neotropical freshwater fish fauna. The book will be of interest not only to ichthyologists, but also to a broader audience of researchers working on freshwater organisms and general biogeographic patterns.”-- Richard P. Vari, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.
9780520268685. Historical Biogeography of Neotropical Freshwater Fishes