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A database of freshwater fish species of the Amazon Basin

Raphaël Covain
John Lundberg
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The Amazon Basin is an unquestionable biodiversity hotspot, containing the highest freshwater biodiversity on earth and facing off a recent increase in anthropogenic threats. The current knowledge on the spatial distribution of the freshwater fish species is greatly deficient in this basin, preventing a comprehensive understanding of this hyper-diverse ecosystem as a whole. Filling this gap was the priority of a transnational collaborative project, i.e. the AmazonFish project - https://www.amazon-fish.com/. Relying on the outputs of this project, we provide the most complete fish species distribution records covering the whole Amazon drainage. The database, including 2,406 validated freshwater native fish species, 232,936 georeferenced records, results from an extensive survey of species distribution including 590 different sources (e.g. published articles, grey literature, online biodiversity databases and scientific collections from museums and universities worldwide) and field expeditions conducted during the project. This database, delivered at both georeferenced localities (21,500 localities) and sub-drainages grains (144 units), represents a highly valuable source of information for further studies on freshwater fish biodiversity, biogeography and conservation.
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Céline Jézéquel, Pablo A Tedesco, Remy Bigorne, Javier Maldonado-Ocampo, Hernan Ortega, et al.. A database of freshwater fish species of the Amazon Basin. Scientific Data , 2020, 7 (1), ⟨10.1038/s41597-020-0436-4⟩. ⟨ird-02558001⟩
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