Riparian coverage affects diets of characids in neotropical streams

  • Ferreira A
  • de Paula F
  • de Barros Ferraz S
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Abstract

Aquatic ecosystems are influenced by the surrounding terrestrial environment. This work studied the influence of vegetation of riparian zones on the feeding patterns of two nektonic characids, Astyanax paranae and Bryconamericus iheringii, in a basin surrounded by an agricultural area. Nine streams within the Corumbataı River basin (Sa o Paulo State, Brazil) with varying proportions of adjacent riparian forest (RF) and pastures were set apart in three arbitrary categories: Riparian Forest (>90% RF), Mixed Coverage (banks covered by 3060% RF; MC) and Pasture (

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  • Agro-ecosystem
  • Land use
  • Riparian buffer
  • Stream fish
  • Stream habitat

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Authors

  • Anderson Ferreira

  • Felipe R. de Paula

  • Silvio F. de Barros Ferraz

  • Elaine A.L. Kashiwaqui

  • José E.P. Cyrino

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