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By James S. Albert

The fish faunas of continental South and important the USA represent one of many maximum concentrations of aquatic variety on the earth, such as approximately 10 percentage of all dwelling vertebrate species. Historical Biogeography of Neotropical Freshwater Fishes explores the evolutionary origins of this targeted surroundings. The chapters handle imperative issues within the learn of tropical biodiversity: why is the Amazon basin domestic to such a lot of targeted evolutionary lineages? What roles do ecological specialization, speciation, and extinction play within the formation of neighborhood assemblages? How do dispersal limitations give a contribution to isolation and diversification? targeting entire faunas instead of person taxonomic teams, this quantity exhibits that the area’s excessive nearby variety isn't the results of contemporary diversification in lowland tropical rainforests. quite, it's the made from species amassing over millions of years and throughout a continental arena.

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