publication . Article . 2015

Fishes from Lake Yaxhá, Mayan Biosphere Reserve, Petén, Guatemala

Christian Barrientos; Diego Elías; Yasmín Quintana;
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  • Published: 25 Sep 2015 Journal: Check List (issn: 1809-127X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Pensoft Publishers
Abstract
<jats:p>The Mayan Biosphere Reserve is the largest protected area in Guatemala. Lake Yaxhá is located inside the core zone. Using electrofishing, seines and gillnets we assessed the fish richness and community in 2011. We collected 18 species distributed in seven families, with Cichlidae (seven species) and Poecilidae (five species) the most specious. We evaluated the effectiveness of electrofishing to sample the most important fish in the artisanal fishery in Petén, Petenia splendida, with September being the month with the highest capture per unit of effort. Lake Yaxhá assemblage was similar to the Usumacinta through a hierarchical cluster analysis, despite be...
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free text keywords: ichthyofauna, Central America, Mayan Biosphere Reserve, electrofishing, artisanal fishery, Biology (General), QH301-705.5, Structural basin, Fishery, Protected area, Species richness, Lake ecosystem, Petenia splendida, biology.organism_classification, biology, Ecology, Biosphere
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publication . Article . 2015

Fishes from Lake Yaxhá, Mayan Biosphere Reserve, Petén, Guatemala

Christian Barrientos; Diego Elías; Yasmín Quintana;