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Trophic structure of coastal freshwater stream fishes from an Atlantic rainforest: evidence of the importance of protected and forest-covered areas to fish diet

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Autor(es):
Goncalves, Cristina da Silva [1] ; de Souza Braga, Francisco Manoel [1] ; Casatti, Lilian [2]
Número total de Autores: 3
Afiliação do(s) autor(es):
[1] Univ Estadual Paulista, IB, Dept Zool, UNESP, Ave 24-A, 1515, BR-13506900 Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] Univ Estadual Paulista, Inst Biociencias Letras & Ciencias Exatas IBILCE, Dept Zool & Bot, UNESP, Lab Ictiol, Rua Cristovao Colombo 2265, BR-15054000 Sao Paulo - Brazil
Número total de Afiliações: 2
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY OF FISHES; v. 101, n. 6, p. 933-948, JUN 2018.
Citações Web of Science: 0
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The role of riparian forests in the functioning of aquatic ecosystems is well known, and they are recognized as an important food source for riverine fauna. This study investigates the trophic structure of coastal freshwater stream fishes from a large conservation area in an Atlantic rainforest using stomach content and food availability analyses. Four samples were collected from 19 sample sites. Fishes were caught with electrofishing. Prey were sampled with trays, Surber, traps, and electrofishing to evaluate the availability of food resources. The diets of 20 fish species were determined from the stomach contents of 1691 individuals. Terrestrial and aquatic insects and detritus were the most consumed items. Fish diet and prey availability were not seasonally dependent. A cluster analysis showed five trophic functional groups: terrestrial insectivores, aquatic insectivores, detritivores, carnivores, and omnivores. Insectivores predominated in species richness (60%), abundance (47%) and biomass (39%). Allochthonous and autochthonous items were found in similar proportions in the environment; however, allochthonous items were representative for insectivores and detritivores, whereas autochthonous items were important for primarily aquatic insectivores. The preference for certain insects by insectivorous fishes was associated with food selectivity rather than the availability of the resource and demonstrated the strong relationship between feeding behavior and food preference. The absence of seasonal variation in the diets of the fishes was possibly related to the consistent food supply. Our results confirm the role of the forest as a food provider for stream fishes, such as terrestrial insects and plant debris/detritus (also consumed by aquatic insects, which subsequently serve as food for fish), highlighting the importance of conserving the Brazilian Atlantic rainforests. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 12/19723-0 - Variação estrutural de uma metacomunidade de peixes de água doce em riachos da Floresta Atlântica
Beneficiário:Cristina da Silva Gonçalves
Linha de fomento: Bolsas no Brasil - Pós-Doutorado