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An inventory of the Characiform fish fauna (Teleostei, Ostariophysi) from South America


The project SACI (South American Characiformes Inventory) focus on the taxonomic study of the Characiform and aims at the production of identification guides, atlases, catalogues and checklists of species, and phylogenetic studies of higher-level relationships among characiforms based on material already available in fish collections of participant institutions as well as representative samples from poorly collected regions to be added to permanent collections. In phylogenetic studies both morphological and molecular data will be used. A project website and a system of electronic mail will be created and will continue after the project end for dissemination of data and products and will enable the continuous communication among the participant taxonomists. The project will make possible and stimulate the continuous inventory of South American freshwater fishes through contact of the participants with other Brazilian and foreign taxonomists. Master, doctoral and postdoctoral scholarships will provide training for students, a most important issue within the project. Students and researchers engaged in graduate and postdoctoral programs will work with senior taxonomists in the field and museum laboratories thus largely increasing their knowledge in taxonomy and systematics. To know the species and higher-level relationships of a large and widely distributed clade as Characiformes, will open research opportunities in evolution, ecology, and organismal biology. The research will encompass studies in systematics, phylogeny, historical biogeography and comparative biology. Degradation of aquatic ecosystems in South America is enormous and aquatic species are among the most threatened. Conservation biologists and fishery managers depend on accurate taxonomic work and up dated information on specimens deposited in collections for determination of priority areas for protection and establishment of management programs. In addition, the project will provide a considerable progress in taxonomic knowledge of the group and the opportunity to improve museum collection data through the work of characiform experts. (AU)

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NETTO-FERREIRA, ANDRE LUIZ; OLIVAN BIRINDELLI, JOSE LUIS; DE SOUSA, LEANDRO MELO; MARIGUELA, TATIANE CASAGRANDE; OLIVEIRA, CLAUDIO. A New Miniature Characid (Ostariophysi: Characiformes: Characidae), with Phylogenetic Position Inferred from Morphological and Molecular Data. PLoS One, v. 8, n. 1, . (11/50282-7, 10/17009-2, 10/19088-7, 10/17999-2)
BIRINDELLI, J. L. O.; BRITSKI, H. A.. Two new species of Leporinus (Characiformes: Anostomidae) from the Brazilian Amazon, and redescription of Leporinus striatus Kner 1858. Journal of Fish Biology, v. 83, n. 5, p. 1128-1160, . (11/50282-7)
DUTRA, G. M.; MELO, B. F.; NETTO-FERREIRA, A. L.. A new species of Curimatopsis Steindachner (Characiformes: Curimatidae) from the Rio Nhamunda, Amazon basin. Journal of Fish Biology, v. 92, n. 2, p. 515-522, . (16/11313-8, 11/50282-7, 09/54931-0)
PETROLLI, MARINA G.; AZEVEDO-SANTOS, VALTER M.; BENINE, RICARDO C.. Moenkhausia venerei (Characiformes: Characidae), a new species from the rio Araguaia, Central Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 4105, n. 2, p. 159-170, . (11/50282-7, 15/01972-1)
NETTO-FERREIRA, ANDRE L.; BIRINDELLI, JOSE L. O.; BUCKUP, PAULO A.. A new miniature species of Characidium Reinhardt (Ostariophysi: Characiformes: Crenuchidae) from the headwaters of the rio Araguaia, Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 3664, n. 3, p. 361-368, . (11/50282-7, 10/19088-7)
OHARA, WILLIAN MASSAHARU; TENCATT, LUIZ F. C.; BRITTO, MARCELO R.. Wrapped in flames: Corydoras hephaestus, a new remarkably colored species from the Rio Madeira basin (Teleostei: Callichthyidae). Zootaxa, v. 4170, n. 3, p. 539-552, . (11/50282-7, 13/22473-8)
MELO, BRUNO F.; OCHOA, LUZ E.; VARI, RICHARD P.; OLIVEIRA, CLAUDIO. Cryptic species in the Neotropical fish genus Curimatopsis (Teleostei, Characiformes). ZOOLOGICA SCRIPTA, v. 45, n. 6, p. 650-658, . (14/06853-8, 10/17009-2, 13/16436-2, 11/50282-7, 11/08374-1)
NETTO-FERREIRA, ANDRE L.; MOREIRA, CRISTIANO R.. New species of Creagrutus (Ostariophysi; Characiformes; Characidae) from the Rio Xingu drainage, Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 4375, n. 2, p. 250-256, . (11/50282-7)
MENDONCA, MARINA B.; NETTO-FERREIRA, ANDRE L.. New species of Characidium (Characiformes: Crenuchidae) from the Rio Tapajos and Rio Xingu drainages, Para, Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 4021, n. 1, p. 187-194, . (11/50282-7, 10/19088-7)
BENINE, RICARDO C.; MELO, BRUNO F.; CASTRO, RICARDO M. C.; OLIVEIRA, CLAUDIO. Taxonomic revision and molecular phylogeny of Gymnocorymbus Eigenmann, 1908 (Teleostei, Characiformes, Characidae). Zootaxa, v. 3956, n. 1, p. 1-28, . (04/09219-6, 11/08374-1, 11/50282-7)
MELO, BRUNO F.; BENINE, RICARDO C.; SILVA, GABRIEL S. C.; AVELINO, GLEISY S.; OLIVEIRA, CLAUDIO. Molecular phylogeny of the Neotropical fish genus Tetragonopterus (Teleostei: Characiformes: Characidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 94, n. B, p. 709-717, . (11/50282-7, 10/17009-2, 12/01622-2, 04/09219-6, 11/08374-1)
RAMIREZ, JORGE L.; BIRINDELLI, JOSE L. O.; GALETTI, JR., PEDRO M.. A new genus of Anostomidae (Ostariophysi: Characiformes): Diversity, phylogeny and biogeography based on cytogenetic, molecular and morphological data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 107, p. 308-323, . (11/50282-7, 11/21836-4, 10/52315-7)
CAMELIER, P.; DAGOSTA, F. C. P.; MARINHO, M. M. F.. New remarkable sexually dimorphic miniature species of Hyphessobrycon (Characiformes: Characidae) from the upper Rio Tapajos basin. Journal of Fish Biology, v. 92, n. 4, p. 1149-1162, . (11/23419-1, 16/03966-1, 11/50282-7, 14/11911-7, 16/07246-3, 12/00840-6)
NETTO-FERREIRA, A. L.; BIRINDELLI, J. L. O.; SOUSA, L. M.; MENEZES, N. A.. A new species of Rhinopetitia Gery 1964 ( Ostariophysi: Characiformes: Characidae) from the Rio Teles Pires, Rio Tapajos basin, Brazil. Journal of Fish Biology, v. 84, n. 5, p. 1539-1550, . (11/50282-7, 06/04162-1, 10/19088-7)
MANOELA M. F. MARINHO; JOSÉ L. O. BIRINDELLI. Redescription of Astyanax multidensEigenmann, 1908 (Characiformes: Characidae), a small characid of the Brazilian Amazon. Neotropical Ichthyology, v. 11, n. 1, p. 45-54, . (11/50282-7, 09/15075-0)
FERNANDO R. CARVALHO; GUILHERME C. DE JESUS; FRANCISCO LANGEANI. Redescription of Hyphessobrycon flammeusMyers, 1924 (Ostariophysi: Characidae), a threatened species from Brazil. Neotropical Ichthyology, v. 12, n. 2, p. 247-256, . (11/50282-7, 12/06846-6)
NETTO-FERREIRA, ANDRE LUIZ; VARI, RICHARD P.. A New Highly Modified Species of Creagrutus (Characidae: Stevardiinae) Apparently Mimetic of Prodontocharax. Copeia, v. 105, n. 2, p. 368-374, . (11/50282-7, 10/19088-7, 06/04161-5)
PAIVA DAGOSTA, FERNANDO CESAR; DE LIMA PASTANA, MURILO NOGUEIRA. New species of Creagrutus Gunther (Characiformes: Characidae) from rio Tapajos basin, Brazil, with comments on its phylogenetic position. Zootaxa, v. 3765, n. 6, p. 571-582, . (11/50282-7, 11/23419-1, 09/54931-0, 12/22685-2)
BIRINDELLI, JOSE L. O.; BRITSKI, HERALDO A.; RAMIREZ, JORGE L.. A new endangered species of Megaleporinus (Characiformes: Anostomidae) from the Rio de Contas basin, eastern Brazil. Journal of Fish Biology, v. 96, n. 6, p. 1349-1359, . (11/50282-7)
DUTRA, GUILHERME MOREIRA; PEIXOTO, LUIZ ANTONIO WANDERLEY; OCHOA, LUZ ENEIDA; OHARA, WILLIAN MASSAHARU; DE SANTANA, CARLOS DAVID; MENEZES, NAERCIO AQUINO; DATOVO, ALESSIO. A new species of Amazonian bluntnose knifefish Brachyhypopomus (Gymnotiformes: Hypopomidae), with comments on its phylogenetic position. SYSTEMATICS AND BIODIVERSITY, v. 19, n. 4, . (18/05084-1, 18/23883-9, 16/19075-9, 18/09445-9, 11/50282-7)
PASTANA, MURILO N. L.; OHARA, WILLIAN M.. A new species of Hyphessobrycon Durbin (Characiformes: Characidae) from rio Aripuana, rio Madeira basin, Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 4161, n. 3, p. 386-398, . (11/50282-7, 13/22473-8, 12/22685-2)
MATTOX, GEORGE M. T.; BRITZ, RALF; TOLEDO-PIZA, MONICA. Osteology of Priocharax and Remarkable Developmental Truncation in a Miniature Amazonian Fish (Teleostei: Characiformes: Characidae). Journal of Morphology, v. 277, n. 1, p. 65-85, . (11/50282-7, 12/01075-1, 11/13735-3)
BIRINDELLI, JOSE L. O.; PEIXOTO, LUIZ A. W.; WOSIACKI, WOLMAR B.; BRITSKI, HERALDO A.. New Species of Hypomasticus Borodin, 1929 (Characiformes: Anostomidae) from Tributaries of the Lower Rio Amazonas, Brazil. Copeia, n. 3, p. 464-469, . (11/50282-7)
CARVALHO, FERNANDO R.; DE JESUS, GUILHERME C.; LANGEANI, FRANCISCO. Redescription of Hyphessobrycon flammeus Myers, 1924 (Ostariophysi: Characidae), a threatened species from Brazil. Neotropical Ichthyology, v. 12, n. 2, p. 247-256, . (11/50282-7, 12/06846-6)
OHARA, WILLIAN MASSAHARU; LIMA, FLAVIO C. T.. Moenkhausia uirapuru, a new species from the upper rio Guapore, Chapada dos Parecis, Mato Grosso, Brazil (Teleostei: Characidae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, v. 26, n. 2, p. 159-170, . (11/50282-7, 11/51532-7, 13/20936-0, 13/22473-8)
DAGOSTA, FERNANDO C. P.; MARINHO, MANOELA M. F.; BENINE, RICARDO C.. A new species of Moenkhausia Eigenmann (Characiformes: Characidae) from the upper rio Juruena basin, Central Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 4032, n. 4, p. 417-425, . (11/50282-7, 11/23419-1, 09/15075-0, 12/00840-6)
MARINHO, MANOELA M. F.; BIRINDELLI, JOSE L. O.. Redescription of Astyanax multidens Eigenmann, 1908 (Characiformes: Characidae), a small characid of the Brazilian Amazon. Neotropical Ichthyology, v. 11, n. 1, p. 45-54, . (11/50282-7, 09/15075-0)
MICHAEL D. BURNS; MARCUS CHATFIELD; JOSÉ L. O. BIRINDELLI; BRIAN L. SIDLAUSKAS. Systematic assessment of the Leporinus desmotes species complex, with a description of two new species. Neotropical Ichthyology, v. 15, n. 2, . (11/50282-7)
OHARA, WILLIAN M.; JEREP, FERNADO C.; CAVALLARO, MARCEL R.. A new species of Microschemobrycon (Characiformes: Characidae) from Rio Xingu basin, Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 4576, n. 2, p. 326-336, . (11/50282-7, 13/22473-8)
NETTO-FERREIRA, ANDRE L.; LOPEZ-FERNANDEZ, HERNAN; TAPHORN, DONALD C.; LIVERPOOL, ELFORD A.. New species of Lebiasina (Ostariophysi: Characiformes: Lebiasinidae) from the upper Mazaruni River drainage, Guyana. Zootaxa, v. 3652, n. 5, p. 562-568, . (11/50282-7, 10/19088-7, 06/04161-5)
JEREP, FERNANDO C.; DAGOSTA, FERNANDO C. P.; OHARA, WILLIAN M.. A New Miniature Species of Serrapinnus (Characiformes: Characidae) from the Upper Rio Araguaia, Brazil. Copeia, v. 106, n. 1, p. 180-187, . (11/50282-7, 13/22473-8, 11/23419-1, 16/07246-3)
MARINHO, MANOELA M. F.; MENEZES, NAERCIO A.. Taxonomic review of Copella (Characiformes: Lebiasinidae) with an identification key for the species. PLoS One, v. 12, n. 8, . (11/50282-7, 09/15075-0)
TEIXEIRA, T. F.; NETTO-FERREIRA, A. L.; BIRINDELLI, J. L. O.; SOUSA, L. M.. Two new species of Hyphessobrycon (Characiformes: Characidae) from the headwaters of the Tapajos and Xingu River basins, Para, Brazil. Journal of Fish Biology, v. 88, n. 2, p. 459-476, . (11/50282-7, 06/04162-1, 12/01263-2, 10/19088-7)
BIRINDELLI, JOSE L. O.; TEIXEIRA, TULIO F.; BRITSKI, HERALDO A.. Two new species of Leporinus Agassiz, 1929 (Characiformes: Anostomidae) from tributaries of the lower Amazon basin in Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 4178, n. 1, p. 97-115, . (11/50282-7, 12/01263-2)
VARELLA, H. R.; ZUANON, J.; KULLANDER, S. O.; LOPEZ-FERNANDEZ, H.. Teleocichla preta, a new species of cichlid from the Rio Xingu Basin in Brazil (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Journal of Fish Biology, v. 89, n. 3, p. 1551-1569, . (11/50282-7, 11/06609-1, 13/17056-9, 11/14630-0)
SILVA, GABRIEL S. C.; MELO, BRUNO F.; OLIVEIRA, CLAUDIO; BENINE, RICARDO C.. Revision of the South American genus Tetragonopterus Cuvier, 1816 (Teleostei: Characidae) with description of four new species. Zootaxa, v. 4200, n. 1, p. 1-46, . (11/50282-7, 10/17009-2, 14/26508-3, 12/01622-2, 04/09219-6, 11/08374-1)
VICTOR GIOVANNETTI; MÔNICA TOLEDO-PIZA; NAÉRCIO A. MENEZES. Taxonomic revision of Galeocharax (Characiformes: Characidae: Characinae). Neotropical Ichthyology, v. 15, n. 1, . (11/50282-7)
BRITSKI, HERALDO A.; BIRINDELLI, JOSE L. O.. Redescription of Leporinus altipinnis, a senior synonym of L. falcipinnis, and comments on L. holostictus (Characiformes: Anostomidae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, v. 27, n. 1, p. 25-40, . (11/50282-7)

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