Fernando Cobo

Fernando Cobo
University of Santiago de Compostela | USC · Zoology Genetics and Physical Anthropology

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Introduction
Full Professor. Founder of the Hydrobiological Field Station 'Encoro do Con' (University of Santiago de Compostela) of which he has been director for the last 16 years. Research includes different aspects of Limnology: taxonomy and biology of aquatic insects, biology and ecology of freshwater fish, with special interest in migratory species, and emerging problems such as biological invasions and the toxicity and control of water cyanobacteria.

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El sábalo, Alosa alosa (Linnaeus, 1758), y la saboga, Alosa fallax (Lacépède, 1803), son dos especies migradoras anádromas, que pasan la mayor parte de su ciclo vital en el medio marino. La captura en este medio y su desembarco en las lonjas gallegas se viene produciendo de manera recurrente desde hace décadas, por lo que se hacía necesario un estu...
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El sábalo, Alosa alosa (Linnaeus, 1758), y la saboga, Alosa fallax (Lacépède, 1803), son dos especies migradoras anádromas y congenéricas, esto es, estrechamente emparentadas, llegando incluso a hibridar entre ellas; hecho que dificulta enormemente su diferenciación. La fase marina representa el grueso del ciclo vital de estas especies y, sin embar...
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Eutrophication of water bodies in Europe is contributing to the increase of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) which pose a serious risk to human health. To address this problem, the AIHABs project will develop an early warning forecasting system to predict the occurrence, spread and fate of cyanotoxins caused by HABs in inland and coastal waters, using A...
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Allis shad, Alosa alosa (Linnaeus, 1758) and Twaite shad, Alosa fallax (Lacépède, 1803) are two anadromous Clupeidae species that spend most of their life cycle in the marine environment, where they have a coastal distribution, entering the rivers only during the spawning migration. There is no commercial shad fishery at sea; however, due to their...
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Allis shad, Alosa alosa (Linnaeus, 1758), and twaite shad, Alosa fallax (Lacépède, 1803), are two anadromous fish species belonging to the family Clupeidae. Like all other diadromous species, their populations in European rivers are in decline and their scarcity has become an emerging problem. Anthropogenic activities, mainly large dams and other r...
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The Allis shad, Alosa alosa (Linnaeus, 1758) and the Twaite shad, Alosa fallax (Lacépède, 21 1803) are two anadromous and congeneric Clupeidae species, i.e. closely related, even hybridising 22 with each other, which makes it very difficult to differentiate between them. Marine phase repre-23 sents the major part of the life cycle of these species,...
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Microbial biofilms communities in mineral waters and hot springs have a particular composition with species belonging to different groups such as epsilonproteobacteria and gammaproteobacteria or different siderobacteria and other chymoautrophic organisms, in addition to certain bacillaryophytes, chlorophytes and especially cyanobacteria. Balneother...
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Deciphering the effects of historical and recent demographic processes responsible for the spatial patterns of genetic diversity and structure is a key objective in evolutionary and conservation biology. Using population genetic analyses, we investigated the demographic history, the contemporary genetic diversity and structure, and the occurrence o...
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Dissemination article on the 1MARDEALOSAS project, in a magazine (CERNA) of an ecological association (ADEGA, stakeholder of the project). Abstract (in Galician): O sábalo e a saboga (zamborcas) son dúas especies migradoras anádromas, con reprodución fluvial e fase de crecemento mariño, onde pasan a meirande parte da súa vida. A pesares da import...
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Cyanobacterial blooms constitute a global environmental concern, with sometimes serious implications for human and animal health. Consequently, they represent a major problem in the management of water and aquatic ecosystems. The design of good quality control and management programs is therefore imperative and, for this, a good understanding of th...
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The X Iberian Symposium on the Hydrographic Minho River Basin, organized by the Aquamuseu do Rio Minho/Câmara Municipal de Vila Nova de Cerveira and co-organized by the Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR) - University of Porto, in a multidisciplinary context, addressed themes that covered areas from the geochemist...
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O X Simpósio Ibérico Sobre a Bacia Hidrográfica do Rio Minho, organizado pelo Aquamuseu do Rio Minho/Câmara Municipal de Vila Nova de Cerveira e co-organizado pelo Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental – Universidade do Porto, num contexto multidisciplinar, abordou temas que abrangeram áreas desde a geoquímica de sedimentos e...
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Deciphering the effects of historical and recent demographic processes responsible for the spatial patterns of genetic diversity and structure is a key objective in evolutionary and conservation biology. Using genetic analyses, we investigated the demographic history, the contemporary genetic diversity and structure, and the occurrence of hybridiza...
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Código de conduta para aquariofilia. Documento técnico preparado por LIFE INVASAQUA (LIFE17 GIE/ES/000515).
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The increase of non-native species in rivers is of great concern. To assess the potential impact of a species it is necessary to consider the ecological state of the receiving ecosystem and the biology of the potentially invasive species. In this work we characterize two populations of Gobio lozanoi Doadrio & Madeira, 2004 (bio-metric and demograph...
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Presentation, under invitation of the congress organisers, of the main results of the 1MARDEALOSAS project. The European shads, Allis shad (Alosa alosa) and Twaite shad (Alosa fallax), are a complex of two sympatric sister species of anadromous Clupeidae species. These two anadromous species spend most of their life cycle in the marine environmen...
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Dissemination article on the 1MARDEALOSAS project, in a magazine (CERNA) of an ecological association (ADEGA, stakeholder of the project). Abstract (in Galician): O sábalo e a saboga son especies anádromas moi parecidas, con reprodución fluvial e fase de crecemento mariño. Aínda que non son obxecto de pesca comercial, o seu comportamento gregario,...
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Se presenta una lista actualizada de las especies exóticas que se encuentran en etapa de establecimiento o de propagación de la invasión en aguas continentales de la península ibérica. La lista está basada en la evaluación sistemática de los datos en colaboración con un amplio equipo de expertos de España y Portugal. Esta lista de actualización es...
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An updated list is presented of the alien species in the establishment or spread invasion stage in in-land waters at the Iberian Peninsula. The list is based on a systematic assessment of information in collaboration with a wide expert team from Spain and Portugal. This updated list is an important tool supporting the implementation of the IAS Regu...
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An updated list is presented of the alien species in the transport or introduction invasion stage in inland waters of the Iberian Peninsula. The list is based on a systematic assessment of information in collaboration with a wide expert team from Spain and Portugal. This list is an important tool to support the implementation of the IAS Regulation,...
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El comercio electrónico, la actividad de comprar o vender productos en servicios on-line o por internet, es una parte vital y creciente de la economía global. Esta actividad incluye la comercialización y venta de animales y plantas, incluidas especies exóticas, y en ocasiones, también especies invasoras a pesar de su prohibición. Adquirir estas esp...
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This guide is available at: http://www.lifeinvasaqua.com/main-files/uploads/2020/11/LIBRO-ESPECIES-INVASORAS-INGLES-FINAL.pdf
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The abundance of Atlantic salmon in Europe has declined throughout its native range. One of the main causes is low marine survival, which has been mainly attributed to overexploitation at sea, but global warming, decreased zooplankton abundance in the North Atlantic and local changes in freshwater conditions have been also blamed. It has been also...
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This field guide is available on: http://www.lifeinvasaqua.com/main-files/uploads/2020/07/LIBRO-ESPECIES-INVASORAS-ESPA%C3%91OL-WEB-1.pdf
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This field guide is available on: http://www.lifeinvasaqua.com/main-files/uploads/2020/07/LIBRO-ESPECIES-INVASORAS-ESPA%C3%91OL-WEB-1.pdf
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Dissemination article on the European project DiadES, in a magazine (CERNA) of an ecological association (ADEGA, stakeholder of the project). Abstract (in Galician) As poboacións de peixes migradores atópanse en franco declive a nivel global. As causas subxacentes desta diminución son a perda do hábitat, a sobrepesca, a contaminación e o cambio c...
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A comprehensive review of the natural history of the allis shad Alosa alosa in Spain. Peces - Orden Clupeiformes - Familia Clupeidae en la Enciclopedia Virtual de Vertebrados Españoles, http://www.vertebradosibericos.org/
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A comprehensive review of the natural history of the twaite shad Alosa fallax in Spain. Peces - Orden Clupeiformes - Familia Clupeidae en la Enciclopedia Virtual de Vertebrados Españoles, http://www.vertebradosibericos.org/.
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This study assessed growth of individually tagged brown trout Salmo trutta in a temperate system of north‐west Spain 2010–2012. This study identified notable individual variation in fish growth with individuals growing sub‐optimally compared with laboratory‐based growth‐model predictions in most cases (85.5% of individuals). The present observation...
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Alosa alosa Allis shad (Alosa alosa) mature at 3–6 years of age and migrate many hundreds of kilometres upstream into their natal river to spawn. Spawning occurs during spring in the main river and major tributaries, in shallow waters, and over gravel substrate (Baglinière et al., 2003). The adults usually die after spawning. Allis shad larvae hatc...
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• Fisheries and the presence of low‐head obstacles are considered major threats for anadromous lampreys, including the sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus). Nonetheless, research is still needed to increase our understanding of their effect and to implement effective conservation and management measures. Petromyzon marinus receives conservation protect...
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It has long been believed that the southern Iberian spined-loach (Cobitis paludica) was introduced to the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. This paper updates the distribution of the southern Iberian spined-loach in the NW Iberian Peninsula with six new localities in the rivers Furnia, Hospital, Pego, Pontiñas, Tripes and Ulla, some of which with...
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The aim of this study was to explore differences in dietary specialization across two foraging modes (benthic v. surface‐drift foraging) of stream‐dwelling brown trout Salmo trutta. The degree of inter‐individual niche variation within each foraging mode was high, but the dietary specialization was maintained between foraging modes. This study supp...
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The aim of this study was to explore differences in dietary specialization across two foraging modes (benthic v. surface‐drift foraging) of stream‐dwelling brown trout Salmo trutta. The degree of inter‐individual niche variation within each foraging mode was high, but the dietary specialization was maintained between foraging modes. This study supp...
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Biotic and abiotic variables shape ontogenetic trajectories of animals. This study modelled (i) the body length-related timing of the ontogenetic switch from aquatic to surface prey, and (ii) the impacts of habitat characteristics, prey availability, and fish densities on the relative contribution of surface prey to the overall diet of native brown...
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El objetivo del presente informe consiste en evaluar económicamente los servicios recreativos y ecosistémicos que proporciona el Lago. Es la primera valoración económica del Lago, tanto en su vertiente recreativa como en su faceta de reservorio de agua potable para abastecer a la población del área geográfica más cercana. En el caso de los usos rec...
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Sea trout in the Iberian Peninsula inhabit most of the rivers flowing into the Cantabrian Sea and the northern Atlantic Ocean with a southern limit at Mondego River (Portugal). Knowledge of their biology and ecology remain scarce. Here we report information collected since the early 1990s from the sea trout official fishery and fish traps located i...
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The non-native signal crayfish Pacifastacus leniusculus (Dana, 1852) has successfully been established in many catchments of Europe, causing detrimental impacts on both native flora and fauna. The aim of this paper was to report the anthropogenic introduction of P. leniusculus and its ectosymbionts (family Branchiobdellidae) in the River Tambre (NW...
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Despite international commitments (e.g., the Convention on Biological Diversity; the IPBES and the Sustainable Development Goals), the vast majority of the world’s nations declared that human actions were dismantling the Earth’s ecosystems at an alarming rate, crossing safe planetary boundaries.Although formal recognition in science and policy of m...
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The aim of this study was to investigate the potential use of a commercial test for blood detection (Hemastix®, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics) as a non-invasive tool for inferring active haematophagous feeding in post-metamorphic lampreys, by analysing their excrement. We investigate the onset of the parasitic phase in recently transformed sea lam...
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Entre octubre del año 2012 y febrero del 2015 se analizaron 181 muestras de agua de nueve embalses de la cuenca hidrográfica del Miño-Sil (As Conchas, Cachamuíña, Castadón, Faramontaos, Os Peares, Prada, Salas y Vilasouto). En las muestras se identificaron y cuantificaron las especies de cianobacterias presentes, se identificó la presencia de taxon...
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Although the sea lamprey, Petromyzon marinus Linnaeus, 1758, is a threatened species in Europe, available data on the condition and dynamics of its populations are very limited. Thus, electrofishing surveys were conducted annually between 2007 and 2011, so as to study the status and trends of larval populations of P. marinus in north-western Spain....
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Abstract: Between October 2012 and February 2015, 181 water samples from nine reservoirs (As Conchas, Cachamuíña, Castadón, Faramontaos, Os Peares, Prada, Salas and Vilasouto), all belonging to the catchment area of Miño-Sil, were analyzed. 64 samples, from Vilasouto reservoir, were considered for a more detailed study. The cyanobacteria species we...
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The relative abundance of the largest size-classes of individuals within a fish population has an important influence on recruitment success. Fishing regulations with a basis in size (e.g., minimum-length limits) can directly impact the abundance of these larger individuals and thus potentially influence recruitment. We analyzed whether recruitment...
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La monitorización de la calidad del agua es un proceso complejo debido al gran número de factores a considerar. La vigilancia de las floraciones de cianobacterias debe adaptarse a las nuevas herramientas analíticas, a los dispositivos automatizados y de detección remota y a la aparición de nuevas toxinas, así como a las nuevas políticas ambientales...
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Las floraciones de cianobacterias son las más estudiadas y conocidas, ya que constituyen un serio problema ambiental con graves repercusiones sobre la salud humana y animal, pues estos organismos tienen la capacidad de formar una gran variedad de sustancias que exhiben diversos tipos de actividad biológica y, algunos de ellos, se han identificado c...
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This study focuses on terrestrial reliance of brown trout (Salmo trutta) and compared it to the potential prey available (macrozoobenthos and drifting invertebrates) in three temperate rivers (Galicia, NW Spain), with special emphasis on variations in terrestrial energy intake through the ontogeny of brown trout. Additionally, we paid particular at...
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The manuscript "More complexity does not always mean more accuracy: the case of IBMWP and METI in NW Spain" compares the behaviour of one multimetric index (METI), proposed for NW Spain rivers, and the IBMWP, excluded from the Spanish Water Planning Instruc in the Miño-Sil Basin District (DHMS) in the NW Spain. The conclusion of that assay is that...
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Although diversity and limnology of alpine lake systems are well studied, their food web structure and properties have rarely been addressed. Here, the topological food webs of three high mountain lakes in Central Spain were examined. We first addressed the pelagic networks of the lakes, and then we explored how food web topology changed when benth...
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After a juvenile haematophagous stage developed mainly at sea, the sea lamprey Petromyzon marinus Linnaeus, 1758 stop feeding and return to the river to spawn. One of the main pressures in this stage is the presence of obstacles that reduce the accessible habitat, the mobility of individuals within this section and the energy resources available fo...
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Evaluation of fecundity is a key step to quantify the reproductive potential of individual fish and to understand the stock-recruitment relationship, increasing the knowledge of the state of a stock and improving the assessment of the spawning stock biomass. For the present work we investigated the fecundity and gonad development in anadromous fema...