Amazon Fish project

Building the largest freshwater fish biodiversity database for the entire Amazon basin (Version 2 published and available)

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Amazon Fish Project

New Project ForestFisher 2022-2025 (BiodivRestore-802)

Priority areas for conservation and restoration of Amazonian forest-frugivorous fish interactions and associated fisheries

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The Amazon Fish database integrates information available in published articles, books, gray literature, online databases, museums and universities. The database is currently updated by including data from more than 100 scientific collections, 31 Partners references, 700 literature references and 5 AmazonFish expeditions . Each record is checked for systematic reliability and consistency, using as nomenclature authority file, the California Academy of Science’s Catalog of Fishes.
A Geographic Information System (GIS), based on the hydrological network and combining the best currently available data sources is linked to the biological database. The GIS includes all major environmental factors meaningful in explaining fish species distribution and related to geographical isolation and habitat fragmentation, habitat diversity, past and contemporary climate, anthropogenic pressures and future climatic projections.
By developing basin wide analyses, the project helps regional conservation programs and contributes to large-scale transnational ecosystem management. The Amazon Fish database is an essential basis for analyzing future trends due to climate change and for helping defining relevant areas of work for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) at the local, national and regional levels.

Actual Data

Amazonian Countries Coverage

Sampling sites

Species in the database

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Freshwater connectivity corridors in the Amazon Basin Read more

Feeding habits influence species habitat associations Read more

[EN] Reducing adverse impacts of Amazon hydropower expansion Read more

[EN] Drivers of phylogenetic structure in Amazon freshwater fish assemblages Read more

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Main publications of the partners related to the topic