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Temporal changes in the abundance and diversity of the fish fauna in the shallow infralittoral of a beach, southern Brazil

By Rodrigo S. Godefroid, Henry L. Spach, Cesar Santos, Guilherme MacLaren and Roberto Schwarz Jr.

Abstract

Abundance and diversity of the fish fauna in the shallow infralittoral region of Atami Beach, Paraná, Brazil, were studied through monthly collections between July 1998 and June 1999. A total of 7553 fishes from 70 species and 26 families, mainly juvenile forms, was captured in the area. The mean captures in number of species, number of fish and biomass were larger from the end of spring to the middle of autumn; seasonal tendency in richness, diversity (number) and equitability indices were not observed. The largest mean dissimilarity in the composition of the ichthyofauna occurred between June and May in comparison to the period between July and October. The species that contributed most to this dissimilarity were Selene setapinnis (Mitchill, 1815), Conodon nobilis (Linnaeus, 1758) and Stellifer rastrifer (Jordan, 1889). Three great groups reflecting patterns of temporal occurrence of the most abundant species were identified

Topics: Demersal fish, temporal variation, abundance, diversity, Brazil
Publisher: Fundação Zoobotânica do Rio Grande do Sul
Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:scielo:S0073-47212004000100017
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