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Latin american journal of aquatic research

On-line version ISSN 0718-560X

Abstract

CATTANI, André P. et al. Spatial and temporal differences in the fish assemblage structure in a subtropical estuary. Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res. [online]. 2020, vol.48, n.1, pp.74-84. ISSN 0718-560X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3856/vol48-issue1-fulltext-1927.

A large number of fish species use the mangrove mainly due to food availability and protection against predators. The knowledge of temporal and spatial dynamics of ichthyofauna allows us to identify patterns of occupation of this ecosystem and to support the assessment and preservation of local biodiversity. In this sense, samplings were conducted in 1988 at five areas of the Itacorubi River estuary, Santa Catarina Island. A total of 3,883 specimens were collected, distributed in 21 families and 41 species with the predominance of Cetengraulis edentulus, Mugil liza, Mugil curema, Genidens genidens, Mugil gaimardianus, Eucinostomus gula, Micropogonias furnieri, Pomatomus saltatrix and Sphoeroides testudineus. On average, abundances differed between seasons and sampled areas. Differences were detected between the fish faunas of fall and winter compared to summer and spring and between sampling sites. This study identified a fish assemblage in the mangrove of the Itacorubi River with a similar structure to other estuaries of southern Brazil.

Keywords : fish; biodiversity; mangrove; Santa Catarina Island; southern Brazil.

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