|Continent||Central and Latin America|
|Categories||Communities, Fishes, Habitats|
|Date||21 Jul 2017|
The Chaco, or Gran Chaco, is a domain that occupies a big portion of Southern South America. However, it has a small representation in Brazil, occurring exclusively on the Porto Murtinho City, near the border with Paraguay. Although this narrow distribution, it harbours several species of plants and animals typical of this domain. Although it’s a xeric environment, the Chaco has seasonal flooding's which spares small pools on the landscape where the annual fishes raise, grow and lay eggs. However very few is known about which species occur and what the biological aspects of these species are. The main threat to these populations is the landscape changing in order to cattle ranching. In this context, this project aims to bring up information about annual fishes from the Brazilian Chaco, such as distribution and population dynamics. Furthermore, it will provide the first steps on the knowledge about their basic biology, such as feeding and reproduction.
To achieve these goals we will:
1) Collect individuals from pools located in the Brazilian Chaco and update of the checklist of Fishes of Upper Paraguay Basin;
2) Identifie, characterize and geolocalize the sites and habitats where the annual fish inhabit in the Brazilian Chaco;
3) Organize and digitalize the annual fish vouchers to be deposited in the Collection deposited in the Zoological Collection of Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (ZUFMS).
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