Project: Amazonian fishes and climate change

The project aims to build a high quality freshwater fish biodiversity database for the entire Amazon drainage basin. This will be done by mobilizing and integrating information available in published articles, books, gray literature, online databases, foreign and national museums and universities and by checking for systematic reliability and consistency for each species recorded. For each record, the distribution and current status (valid species name or synonym) will be reviewed using as nomenclature authority file the California Academy of Science’s Catalog of Fishes CAS. Sampling gaps will be identified and field studies organized to fill, as far as possible, those gaps to get the most uptodate and comprehensive coverage available for freshwater fish species distributions at the Amazon Basin scale. A Geographic Information System (GIS) will be associated to the biological database and all environmental factors meaningful in explaining fish species distribution will be calculated over a 0.5° x 0.5° grid (i.e. environmental factors related to geographical isolation, habitat diversity, contemporary climate). A basinwide biogeographical analysis will be performed at the subbasin scale using species richness, endemism and beta diversity descriptors. This will allow defining degrees of irreplaceability and representativeness of the different subbasins (i.e. “hotspots”). Future climate projections under the four scenarios for years 2050 and 2080 will be further derived from the most commonly used ultimate GCMs and consequent shifts in species range distribution and species extinction rates will be evaluated.

Acronym AMAZONFISH (Reference Number: ELAC2014/DCC-0210)
Duration 01/01/2015 - 01/01/2018
Project Topic Biodiversity assessment and monitoring
Project Results
(after finalisation)
not yet available
Network ERANet-LAC
Call ERANet-LAC 1st Joint Call on Research and Innovation between the EU Member States and Associated Countries and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC)

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 IRD - Institute of Research for Development Coordinator France
2 Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Partner Colombia
3 Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique Partner Belgium
4 Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos Partner PE