Fernando Pelicice

Fernando Pelicice
Universidade Federal de Tocantins | UFT · Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ecologia de Ecótonos

PhD freshwater ecology

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Ichthyocladius is a genus of chironomid (Diptera, Insecta) whose immature forms live attached to the bodies of some species of freshwater fishes. Here we investigate the association between Ichthyocladius spp. and armored catfish in streams of the Guareí River basin, Paraná River system, Brazil. We provide the first record of I. lilianae associated...
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Peacock basses (genus Cichla) are predatory fish widely distributed across the Amazon, where two or more species normally coexist in a same drainage. The mechanisms that allow coexistence remain poorly understood, although these species share a number of functional traits and behavioral aspects. To advance on this question, the present study compar...
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Syntheses of knowledge are important to reveal trends, biases and gaps in the scientific literature, indicating main data shortfalls and research needs. In this sense, we conducted a broad systematic review on the literature about freshwater fish eggs and larvae to investigate: (i) temporal trends in the global scientific production; (ii) the scope...
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To understand how Neotropical freshwater fishes (NFF) benefit society, we conducted a broad literature survey to (i) map and list the ecosystem services (ES) generated by these organisms, and (ii) investigate how human activities have affected the ecosystem service chain. We found sound evidence that NFF contribute directly and indirectly to the ge...
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The present study described in detail the occurrence of polychromatism in two peacock bass species (Cichla kelberi and Cichla piquiti) endemic to the Tocantins-Araguaia Basin, Brazil. Based on the data collected in the Lajeado Reservoir between 2010 and 2020, we analyzed the photographs obtained from live individuals in order to describe the range...
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Evidence indicates that migratory fish reproduce in the middle Uruguay River, but the location of spawning sites remains unknown. To identify spawning sites in the basin, fish eggs and larvae were sampled monthly between October 2016 and January 2017. The sampling was carried out in three sections along the middle Uruguay River, covering two enviro...
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Esta Nota técnica foi elaborada em resposta ao Projeto de Lei (PL) número 614, do ano 2018 (PL614/2018), recentemente aprovado na Assembleia Legislativa do Estado de São Paulo (ALESP). Proposto pelo Deputado Estadual Carlos Eduardo Pignatari (Carlão Pignatari), presidente da ALESP, o PL614/2018 trata da regulamentação da pesca, embarque, transporte...
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Nota de repúdio contra o Projeto de Lei 614, de 2018, da Assembleia Legislativa do Estado de São Paulo, que dispõe sobre a pesca, o embarque, o transporte, a comercialização e o processamento dos tucunarés Cichla spp. e dá outras providências. A comunidade científica, representada por doutores, mestres, pesquisadores, biólogos, engenheiros de pesca...
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Hydrological connectivity is a basic feature of river ecosystems, responsible for important ecological processes. Human activities, however, have progressively modified natural connectivity, threatening the maintenance of aquatic biodiversity. Neotropical potamodromous fish depend heavily on fluvial connectivity to complete their life cycles. Howev...
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Incentives for farming non-native fish species in public waters have regained strength in Brazil (Charvet et al. 2021), and some states strive to boost the aquaculture market with the non-native striped catfish Pangasianodon hypophthalmus (Sauvage 1878). First authorized in the state of São Paulo, striped catfish farming has been allowed in other s...
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We evaluated the influence of Parkia platycephala on plant assemblages under its crown and surrounding areas in a disturbed Brazilian Savanna, as well as the effects of aqueous extracts of its leaves on the germination and development of three species, under the hypothesis that P. platycephala might work as a nurse species. Eleven areas of direct (...
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In this paper, we investigated composition and trait turnover among fish assemblages in reservoirs distributed across major Brazilian basins, in order to contrast taxonomic and functional turnover and to investigate their respective drivers. We investigated the hypothesis that reservoir assemblages present, on a continental scale, divergent species...
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We investigated spatial and temporal variations in the distribution of fish eggs and larvae in the Guareí River, a free-flowing tributary located in the upper section of the Jurumirim Reservoir, Paranapanema River, Brazil. Fish eggs and larvae were sampled ~ fortnightly from November 2017 to March 2018 (Cycle 1), and from November 2018 to March 201...
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Habitat fragmentation, species introduction and poor management have disturbed populations of migratory fish worldwide. No study, however, has investigated how the sum of impacts affects Neotropical migratory fish. This study investigated the migratory behavior of an endemic fish (Prochilodus hartii, Jequitinhonha River, Brazil) in a scenario of fr...
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Ghost nets constitute a serious threat to aquatic biodiversity, because they entangle animals as long as they persist in the environment. However, scientific literature in Brazil is virtually silent about this issue in inland ecosystems. Concerned with this gap, we conducted searches on YouTube BR to gather information about ghost nets in Brazilian...
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Neotropical Ichthyology promotes the Special Issue (SI) “Human impacts and the loss of Neotropical freshwater fish diversity” with the purpose of publishing relevant scientific articles on the current biodiversity crisis and the loss of Neotropical freshwater fishes in the Anthropocene. The SI is composed of 22 publications, being two review articl...
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The Tocantins-Araguaia Basin is one of the largest river systems in South America, located entirely within Brazilian territory. In the last decades, capital-concentrating activities such as agribusiness, mining, and hydropower promoted extensive changes in land cover, hydrology, and environmental conditions. These changes are jeopardizing the basin...
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This study evaluated fish beta diversity in six headwater creeks located in the area affected by the largest ornamental aquaculture center implemented in the Minas Gerais State, southeastern Brazil. We sampled fish assemblages in 2017 and 2018 to investigate changes in assemblage structure (species richness and beta diversity), comparing these data...
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The Cichlidae is one of the most diverse fish families in Neotropical and Afrotropical regions. It includes many species that are valued for aquaculture, the aquarium trade, and sport fishing, which has resulted in their introduction into different ecosystems worldwide. In the Americas, non-native cichlids have been recorded from southernmost Canad...
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Mining activities have significantly affected the Neotropical freshwater ichthyofauna, the most diverse in the world. However, no study has systematized knowledge on the subject. In this review, we assembled information on the main impacts of mining of crude oil, gold, iron, copper, and bauxite on aquatic ecosystems, emphasizing Neotropical freshwa...
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The Tocantins-Araguaia Basin is one of the largest river systems in South America, located entirely within Brazilian territory. In the last decades, capital-concentrating activities such as agribusiness, mining, and hydropower promoted extensive changes in land cover, hydrology, and environmental conditions. These changes are jeopardizing the basin...
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A presente Nota Técnica (NT) foi elaborada mediante solicitação da Diretoria de Uso Sustentável da Biodiversidade e Florestas do Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis (DBFLO/Ibama), e teve o intuito de analisar o documento “revisão da Portaria Ibama 145-N, de 29 de outubro 1998, anexos e alterações, que estabelece...
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Biological invasions are among the main causes of biodiversity loss on planet. Losses are accentuated in streams, which are sensitive to human impacts, since they have specialized fauna and higher degree of endemism. Despite this, studies on invasions by non-native fish in streams are incipient in Brazil. In this review, we present an introduction...
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Aquatic invasive species research has been surging in popularity, with the number of papers published in Hydrobiologia doubling since the previous decade. We overview contributions to the current Special Issue, including new studies on introduction and establishment, traits distinguishing high-impact invaders and their impacts, interactions between...
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• The history of conservation of the Amazon can be viewed as a war involving many battles with interests in agribusiness on one side and in biodiversity conservation and sustainability on the other side. Trends in large‐scale deforestation in the 1970s spurred a series of policies, stakeholder alliances and international and grass‐roots movements,...
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Plastics are dominant pollutants in freshwater ecosystems worldwide. Scientific studies that investigated the interaction between plastics and freshwater biodiversity are incipient, especially if compared to the marine realm. In this review, we provide a brief overview of plastic pollution in freshwater ecosystems around the world. We found evidenc...
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Large dams disrupt river ecosystems, causing negative effects on fish assemblages. Few studies, however, have investigated how Neotropical fish diversity responds to river regulation in longer temporal scales. In this study, we used a multi-metric approach to investigated temporal changes in taxonomic and functional fish diversity over 15 years-per...
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Peacock basses (Cichla spp.) are native to the Amazon basin but introduced to different parts of the world. Almost thirty years ago, Cichla kelberi was introduced in an impoundment of the São João River, a coastal system in southeastern Brazil. Recently, this cichlid invaded the estuarine section of the basin. This study aims to analyze spatial and...
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Albeit massive fish mortality has an extraordinary visual impact and is certainly a fatality, we still have rudimentary understanding on how addressing this problem in the Neotropical region. The processes that lead to fish die-off events are complex and sometimes ephemeral, which can lead to incorrect diagnosis. In this review, we discuss these ev...
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The introduction of non-native predators is a matter of great concern, but their impacts on ecosystem functions remain poorly understood. We investigated how changes in fish diversity following the invasion of Cichla kelberi affected ecosystem functions generated by fish populations. Fish assemblages were sampled in macrophyte patches in a Neotropi...
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Recruitment dynamics of Neotropical migratory fishes are widely studied in river–floodplain systems, where the flood pulse and wetlands play a central role. In semiarid systems, where the flow regime is less predictable and waterbodies are intermittent, migratory fishes may employ different recruitment strategies. We investigated factors affecting...
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Albinism has been recorded in Neotropical freshwater fishes, mostly for nocturnal or cryptobiotic species. We report herein a case of albinism in the catfish Cambeva guareiensis (Trichomycteridae) from the Guareí River basin, Upper Paraná River basin, southeastern Brazil. The albino fish was caught with seven individuals with typical color pattern...
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Hybridization seems frequent among Cichla species (peacock bass), as studies have reported hybrids in populations within and outside their natural range (the Amazon and Orinoco river basins). Cichla kelberi and C. monoculus were introduced to the São João river (Southeast Brazil) more than 20 years ago, where they successfully colonized different e...
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Human activities have disrupted the functioning of river ecosystems around the world. In the Amazon basin, hydropower expansion has affected diversity patterns, but no study has investigated how phytoplankton assemblages respond to impoundments. This study investigated the hypothesis that phytoplankton diversity is highly sensitive to river damming...
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The Guareí River is a tributary of the Paranapanema River (Brazil), located in the upper portion of the Jurumirim Reservoir. Fish fauna studies in this watershed began in the 2000s, but they were restricted to a few waterbodies. This work conducted a broad survey of the fish fauna in tributary streams and the main channel of the Guareí River. Sampl...
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In a recently published paper, Celestino et al. (2019) investigated the effects of a fish ladder located near the Porto Primavera Dam (Paraná River, Brazil) in order to evaluate if it provided free passage for the migratory fish Prochilodus lineatus. Fish were marked with PIT‐tags and movements were monitored within the ladder over a 3.5‐year perio...
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Os ecossistemas fornecem benefícios fundamentais às sociedades humanas, conhecidos como serviços ambientais (ou ecossistêmicos). O desconhecimento sobre esses serviços alimenta a crença de autonomia das atividades humanas, precipitando a perda de ecossistemas, biodiversidade e degradação ambiental. Nesse contexto, o presente trabalho investigou com...
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The spotted surubim Pseudoplatystoma corruscans is a large migratory catfish native to the La Plata and San Francisco basins. However, its reproductive dynamics and behavior remain poorly understood. In this brief note, we provide the first record of the mating behavior of P. corruscans in natural conditions. This event was observed in the main cha...
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Construction of water diversions is a common response to the increasing demands for freshwater, ofte resulting in benefits to communities but with the risk of multiple environmental, economic, and social impacts. Water-diversion projects can favor massive introductions and accelerate biotic homogenization. This study provides empirical evidence on...
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In stream ecosystems, waterfalls intercept the fluvial continuum and limit the dispersion of aquatic organisms. However, the barrier effect may be minimized or absent for insects whose life cycle is not restricted to the aquatic environment (i.e., winged adults), such as the orders Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera (EPT). In this study, we...
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Hydroelectric expansion has affected the functioning of most tropical rivers in the world. However, community reassembly in Neotropical impoundments remains poorly understood, because long-term studies are incipient. In this context, we evaluated temporal changes in fish diversity before and after the construction of Peixe Angical Dam, Upper Tocant...
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Despite the socio-environmental importance of ichthyofauna, global fish biodiversity has decreased, and the damming of rivers is one anthropogenic activity that causes this reduction. This scientometric study evaluates the main determinants, directions, and gaps of scientific research on the biodiversity of fishes that are influenced by dams. Betwe...
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This article discusses the purpose and effects of Law 3824/1960, which makes mandatory the removal of vegetation and consequent cleaning of land sites subject to flooding by the construction of artificial reservoirs. The importance of this reflection is to avoid having a law that is considered effective, though if questioned, may prove contrary to...
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Aim This study provides the first direct evidence about the location of a spawning site of Brycon orbignyanus (Valenciennes, 1850) in the Middle Uruguay River. Methods Sampling was carried out with a plankton net (500 µm) in November 2017 in the Uruguay River near the confluence with the Piratinim River, southern Brazil. Eggs were sorted in the fi...
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We employed the trophic upsurge hypothesis as an analytical framework to describe the response of Neotropical fish communities to terrestrial inundation associated with river damming. Data were collected for the impact assessment of the Peixe Angical Dam, Tocantins River, Brazil. Monthly surveys were conducted at nine sites (seven upstream, two dow...
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Brazil has a variety of aquatic ecosystems and rich freshwater biodiversity, but these components have been constantly damaged by the expansion of unsustainable activities. An array of different conservation strategies is needed, especially the creation of protected areas (PAs, hereafter). However, Brazil's PAs are biased towards terrestrial ecosys...
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The expansion of modern societies disrupted the structure and function of most ecosystems. This trend is alarming because the persistence of human activities (e.g., economy) depends on biodiversity and ecosystem services. A central question is whether modern nations will respond appropriately to protect, restore, and maintain ecosystems. In particu...
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Aim The present study investigated the diversity of aquatic macrophytes in the littoral zone of Lajeado Reservoir, Tocantins River. We characterized spatial variations in species richness, composition and abundance along depth gradients. Methods Macrophyte sampling occurred at the end of the dry season (September and October 2014) in four sites of...
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Diversity patterns and their causes remain important questions, especially for ecosystems that preserve natural conditions. This is the case of fish diversity in large Neotropical rivers. In this context, we investigated fish diversity patterns along an extensive unregulated river section (ca. 450 km) in the Middle Uruguay River Basin. Sampling was...
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Fire is a constitutive ecological force in savanna ecosystems, but few studies have monitored its short-term effects on plant community dynamics. This study investigated changes in plant diversity in the South American savanna (Cerrado) after severe disturbance by fire. We monitored 30 permanent plots (10 m × 5 m) distributed in two Cerrado physiog...
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The Paranapanema River is a major tributary of the upper Paraná river basin. Eleven hydropower dams regulate its main course, but no study has investigated fish diversity in these impoundments at the basin-scale. The present study investigated spatial patterns of richness, composition, and abundance of native (non-migratory and migratory) and non-n...
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Esse documento foi elaborado em resposta às demandas oriundas dos processos que discutem a introdução da Tilápia-do-Nilo [Oreochromis niloticus (L.)] pelo Brasil, em particular nos estados de Mato Grosso, Tocantins e Amazonas. Nessa nota técnica busca-se avaliar os riscos ambientais do cultivo de tilápia nilótica em tanques redes, tendo como base o...
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The Convention on Biological Diversity proposed the Aichi Biodiversity Targets to improve conservation policies and to balance economic development, social welfare, and the maintenance of biodiversity/ecosystem services. Brazil is a signatory of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and is the most diverse country in terms of freshwater fish, but its nati...
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Informal sales of large-bodied non-native aquarium fishes (known as “tankbusters”) is increasing among Brazilian hobbyists. In this study, we surveyed this non-regulated trade on Facebook® from May 2012 to September 2016, systematically collecting information about the fishes available for trading: species, family, common/scientific names, native r...
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he artificial reservoir at Luiz Eduardo Magalhãeshydroelectric power plant, Tocantins River, is one of the most beautiful sceneries in Brazilian Amazon. The reservoir has clean, calm and warm water, being an inviting place to the practice of aquatic sports and recreation. This ecosystem is located in the Amazonregion, where biodiversity is remarkab...
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River regulation has fragmented fluvial ecosystems in South America, affecting fish migration and dispersion dynamics. In response, authorities have installed fish passage facilities (FPF) to mitigate impacts. However, little is known about the geographical distribution of these facilities, and no synthesis of the research effort applied to underst...
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The executive and legislative branches of Brazilian government have either proposed or taken a variety of initiatives that threaten biodiversity and ecosystems. Opposition by the scientific community has largely been ignored by decision-makers. In this short essay, we present recent examples of harmful policies that have great potential to erode bi...