Fish Biology and Ecology
This research group is developing studies on the ecology and biology of ichthyofauna in the middle Solimões region, with an emphasis on the white-water floodplain ecosystem. Research results have served to support decision making on conservation and management regulations for some fish species; it has also provided opportunities for the development of scientific knowledge on ichthyofauna of the Amazon.
The group has also collaborated with other research groups from different regions in Brazil who are interested in these themes in the middle Solimões region.
Get to know some of the fish studied by the group:
Fish species richness in Amazonia
In the Nootropics, Brazil is considered the country with the greatest freshwater fish diversity, with 2,122 cataloged species, representing 21% of all the species encountered. An estimated 1,500 to 3,000 species are recorded in Amazonia. The existing mosaic of aquatic ecosystems formed by creeks, lakes and canals of white and black waters is responsible for the richness and high levels of fish diversity found in Amazonia.