publication . Article . 2015

Functional diversity of fish in estuaries at a global extent

Vasconcelos Rita; Henriques Sofia; Amoroso Sandra; França Susana; Pasquaud Stéphanie; Cabral Henrique; Villéger Sébastien; Guilhaumon François;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Oct 2015 Journal: Frontiers in Marine Science, volume 2 (eissn: 2296-7745, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
Abstract
Biodiversity is currently viewed as a framework encompassing multiple facets of the variety of life, including taxonomic and functional aspects. Species richness and composition of fish assemblages in estuaries is defined by global to local processes acting on community colonization. The present study further investigates how biodiversity of fish assemblages varies among estuaries globally, by simultaneously analysing taxonomic and functional richness and diversity of assemblages. A comprehensive worldwide database was compiled on the fish assemblage composition and environmental characteristics of estuaries. In addition, functional attributes of the fish specie...
Subjects
free text keywords: beta-diversity, functional group, biodiversity loss, predictive model, Environmental drivers, Science, Q, General. Including nature conservation, geographical distribution, QH1-199.5
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