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Heterogeneity in intertidal fish fauna assemblages along the world’s longest mangrove area in northern Brazil

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Abstract:

The first comparison of the intertidal fish fauna from three estuaries within the longest contiguous mangrove area of the world, in north Brazil, revealed a significant heterogeneity in the species composition and functional and ecological guilds with an increase of Tetraodontidae and Engraulidae and a decrease of Sciaenidae and Mugilidae towards the Amazon mouth. A classification of the mangrove estuaries to identify types of estuaries and coastal sectors is urgently required to provide a tool for regional management systems in order to improve research, monitoring and conservation of this unique mangrove ecosystem.

Keywords: block net; fish assemblages; intertidal mangrove creek; north Brazilian coast; tropical estuary

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2007.01728.x

Affiliations: Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Fahrenheitstr. 6, 28359 Bremen, Germany

Publication date: February 1, 2008

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