Weferson Júnio da Graça

Weferson Júnio da Graça
Universidade Estadual de Maringá | UEM · Departamento de Biologia

Phd
Professor of Zoology

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February 2011 - February 2020
Universidade Estadual de Maringá
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Publications (87)
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Aim: Non-native fish species have been closely related to serious damage to aquatic biodiversity due to their negative effects on native fauna. We aim to report the first and alarming occurrence of the non-native catfish “jaú” Zungaro jahu in the Iguaçu River basin above the Iguaçu Falls, a high-endemism Neotropical ecoregion for fish. Methods: Fis...
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Humans are facilitating the introduction and range expansion of invasive alien species (IAS), which have negatively impacted ecological and socio-economic systems worldwide. Understanding the global diffusion of IAS is important for developing environmental policies and management strategies. We estimate the rate of increase and the doubling times...
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Phylogenetic comparative studies suggest that the direction of deviation from bilateral symmetry (sidedness) might evolve through genetic assimilation; however, the changes in sidedness inheritance remain largely unknown. We investigated the evolution of genital asymmetry in fish of the family Anablepidae, in which males' intromittent organ (the go...
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The Neotropical region hosts 4,225 freshwater fish species, ranking first among the world’s most diverse regions for freshwater fishes. Our NEOTROPICAL FRESHWATER FISHES data set is the first to produce a large-scale Neotropical freshwater fish inventory, covering the entire Neotropical region from Mexico and the Caribbean in the north, to the sout...
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This study aims to provide an annotated list of the type-material housed in the fish collection of the Núcleo de Pesquisas em Limnologia, Ictiologia e Aquicultura (NUP), Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Paraná, Brazil. NUP’s fish type collection hosts type-material of 157 species, distributed in 503 lots (11 holotypes and 492 lots of paratypes) to...
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Understanding how and why fish species composition varies between locations through beta-diversity has received increased interest recently. The physical structure, extension, and environmental characteristics along the river basins influence the dispersal of organisms, which ultimately affects metacommunity dynamics and biodiversity patterns. Here...
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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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Landscape dynamics and river network rearrangements are widely thought to shape the diversity of Neotropical freshwater fishes, the most species-rich continental vertebrate fauna on Earth. Yet the effects of hydrogeographic changes on fish dispersal and diversification remain poorly understood. Here we integrate an unprecedented occurrence dataset...
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Corydoras is the richest genus of Corydoradinae, and many of its species have not been identified to date. We characterized Corydoras carlae and Corydoras sp. by performing cytogenetic, morphometric, and molecular analyses to facilitate correct identification and species delimitation and contribute an understanding of the evolutionary process of th...
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This work aimed to describe Cambeva cauim, sp. nov., endemic to the Rio Iguaçu basin, Brazil and redescribe Cambeva stawiarski using external and internal morphological data through the revision of specimens deposited in fish collections including the type material. In this process, we have also added comments on the possible type locality of C. st...
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Several anomalies in the skeleton of fishes have been identified since the last century, generally caused by genetic and/or epigenetic factors. The pughead condition is an anomaly present in the cranial bones that can lead to some consequences many of which are related to feeding. Here we reported the pugheadedness in a specimen of Crenicichla, in...
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Characidium xavante was described from two tributaries of the Culuene River drainage, in the upper Xingu River basin. New samplings recorded the species for streams from the Kaaiapó River drainage (Teles Pires River drainage, upper Tapajós River basin) with additional specimens also recorded in the Xingu River basin, Paranatinga municipality, Mato...
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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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Cichlid fishes use their vision for recognition of other fishes, feeding, and in habitat selection. Neotropical cichlids can be found in a range of different habitats differing in their light regimes, and therefore it is interesting to determine if this is associated with molecular variation of genes responsible for expressing visual pigments. Here...
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• Freshwater ecosystems, providing valuable goods and services to humans, have been subjected to multiple human impacts, among which climate change plays a central role in threats to species. It is expected that protected areas, the cornerstone of biodiversity conservation efforts, will assume a decisive role in protecting freshwater species from t...
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Resumo: Estudos em Macroecologia lidam com padrões e processos em amplas escalas (espacial, temporal e taxonômica) que são muito abrangentes para serem estudados com experimentos replicados, manipulativos e controlados como é feito tradicionalmente na ecologia. Estudos macroecológicos têm sido primordialmente realizados com foco em vertebrados e pl...
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• The delimitation of conservation units may be supported by information on compositional (taxonomic), functional, and phylogenetic diversity of a given locality or region. In this context, systematic conservation planning and key biodiversity areas are promising approaches for biodiversity protection. • Factors such as species representativeness a...
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Knowledge of the ichthyofauna of a hydrographic basin is the minimum necessary condition for the implementation of any measures for the exploration, management or preservation of water and fishing resources. Despite its relevance, the number of fish species across the Iguassu River basin is still uncertain. Thus, the objective of this study was to...
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This study reports the length‐weight relationships (LWR) for seven endemic fish species from streams in the Ivaí (Characidium heirmostigmata, Corydoras lacrimostigmata, Curculionichthys oliveirai, Hisonotus pachysarkos, and Cambeva horacioi) and Ivaí and Piquiri (Apareiodon vladii and Planaltina kaingang) River basins, Paraná State, Brazil. Fish sp...
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A new species of Satanoperca is described from the Rio Araguaia, Rio Tocantins basin, Brazil, and non-native records are available in the upper Rio Paraná basin. It differs from congeneric species by color pattern characters, such as head and flank marks. It is included in the Satanoperca jurupari species group, characterized by the absence of blac...
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An annotated checklist for the freshwater fishes from Paraná State, Brazil is provided. A total of 440 freshwater fish species are recorded for the state, distributed across five ecoregions: Upper Parana, Lower Parana, and Iguassu, all within the rio Paraná basin, and corresponding to the state’s Inland Slope, and Southeastern Mata Atlantica and Ri...
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The encephalon gross morphology of Geophagus sveni is described, compared between male and female specimens and discussed in relation to evolutionary, ecological and behavioral aspects. The Student's t test revealed that there are no sexual dimorphism regarding the volume or linear measurements obtained from the main encephalon subdivisions (telenc...
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1. Turbidity plays an important role in aquatic predator-prey interactions. Increases in turbidity are expected to reduce prey capture rates, especially for visually oriented predators. However, there is also evidence indicating that turbidity may have little or no effect on predation rates. 2. Here, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analys...
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Cladistic biogeography is an evolutionary biogeographic approach that infers area relationships by comparing area cladograms derived from different phylogenetic hypotheses. The South American freshwater ichthyofauna is enriched by an extraordinary number of marine-derived lineages, presenting its own phylogenetic and biogeographic patterns. Here, w...
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Astyanax is a species-rich, non-monophyletic genus composed of several supraspecific taxa that are poorly delimited. The Astyanax fasciatus complex is one of these taxa and shows high taxonomic complexity. To elucidate the evolutionary history of the A. fasciatus complex from southern South America, we conducted cytogenetic, molecular and morpholog...
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A new species of Cambeva endemic to the Rio Ivaí basin, upper Paraná basin, is described combining morphological and molecular data. This new species is distinguished from all congeners by characters related to the number of pectoral‐fin rays, to the colour pattern of the dorsal and lateral surface of the body, to the presence of diffuse blotches i...
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The rio das Cinzas and rio Itararé basins are important tributaries of the rio Paranapanema, a major left-bank tributary of the upper rio Paraná basin. The upper reaches of both drainages intersect the northern portion of the APA Escarpa Devoniana (Devonian Escarpment Environment Protection Area, EPA), an area considered crucial for the preservatio...
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The Madeira River is the most extensive tributary of the Amazon River and has the largest diversity of fishes in the world. On its right bank, the Madeira River receives the Jamari River, in which the first hydroelectric power plant (HPP) in State of Rondônia, Samuel HPP, was built. Besides this, other dams were built in the Jamari River and its tr...
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Astyanax is a species-rich, non-monophyletic genus composed of several supraspecific taxa that are poorly delimited. The Astyanax fasciatus complex is one of these taxa and shows high taxonomic complexity. To elucidate the evolutionary history of the A. fasciatus complex from southern South America, we conducted cytogenetic, molecular and morpholog...
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A new miniature species of Characidium is described from the upper Rio Paraguay basin, Brazil. The new species can be diagnosed from all congeners by the presence of a dark‐brown humeral blotch, vertically elongated (spanning 5 to 7 horizontal scale rows), with the shape of an upside‐down acute triangle. Additionally, it can be diagnosed by a short...
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Knowledge on the hydrological evolution of the Neotropical region was used along with the current distribution of the anablepid species to investigate the historical biogeography of this family. Areas of endemism were delimited by endemicity analysis resulting in seven individual areas of endemism and three consensus areas located in northwestern A...
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Astyanax gymnogenys Eigenmann was described from the middle rio Iguaçu basin, based on two specimens and A. longirhinus Garavello & Sampaio was described from the upper, middle and lower rio Iguaçu, based on several specimens. Due to their morphological similarity, including overlapping diagnostic characters between the two nominal species, allied...
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The rio Ribeira de Iguape basin (Paraná State) is highly relevant for the preservation of remnants of the Atlantic Forest. Its high levels of diversity and fish endemism explain the river dynamics promoted by the Ponta Grossa Arch, a geological structure that promotes headwater capture and isolation between the upper rio Paraná drainage, the rio Ig...
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Gymnotus is the most species rich genus of electric fish in the Neotropical region. Recently, a previously unknown diversity has been found in this genus, motivating a pursuit for new species. In this study, a fragment of the mitochondrial Cytochrome c Oxidase subunit I (COI) gene was used to analyse the diversity of 10 morphospecies of Gymnotus (G...
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The invasion of tilapia can result in substantial impacts on native communities. Thus, understanding the spatial dynamics of invasions may help prevent future introductions and mitigate impacts. This study estimated the environmentally suitable areas for occurrence of eight tilapia species (genera Coptodon, Oreochromis, Pelmatolapia, and Sarotherod...
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The use of Multimetric Indices (MMIs) became a common practice for evaluating ecological integrity of aquatic ecosystems. However, most developed MMIs ignore non-native species as an impact source to establish reference conditions. We developed an MMI to identify if non-native fish species are associated with Neotropical stream integrity by conside...
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The Neotropical region has the greatest taxonomic and functional diversity of fish in the world. However, this biodiversity has been threatened by the introduction of non-native species. Therefore, we present a systematic review of the literature concerning the introduction of non-native fish species in Neotropical freshwaters. We examine the origi...
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The book “Peixes da planície de inundação do alto rio Paraná e áreas adjacentes” represents the most cohesive data compilation for the rio Paraná floodplain. However, considering the dynamicity of the taxonomy of freshwater fishes, several new records and taxonomic changes occurred along the past years. Therefore, the results of that publication we...
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A molecular phylogeny of Planaltina, including the three previously described species and an undescribed species, is presented. The monophyly of the genus, included in Diapomini, is strongly supported. Its sister group, the remaining Diapomini, includes only species without modified caudal-fin squamation in the present analysis (species of Diapoma...
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Phylogenetic analysis. Best maximum likelihood tree showing the relationships among Triportheidae, Gasteropelecidae, Bryconidae, Acestrorhynchidae, Iguanodectidae, and Characidae. Chalceidae was used as outgroup. (PNG)
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Planaltina kaingang in life. Planaltina kaingang, new species, non-type specimen in life, NUP 16406, municipality of Cândido de Abreu, rio Maria Flora, rio Ivaí basin, upper rio Paraná. (TIFF)
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Sequences of primers used in present study. (DOCX)
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Knowledge of the fish species in river basins is among the minimum requirements for the management of water and fish resources. Therefore, the aim of this study was to update the fish species composition of the Piquiri River basin, upper Paraná River basin. Data were gathered from recent information published in specialized literature and records f...
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Astyanax is a species-rich polyphyletic genus distributed between the southern United States and central Argentina. The genus contains groups of cryptic species, which are difficult to distinguish, and are sometimes identified wrongly. Basic and molecular cytogenetic analyses were run on Astyanax abramis and three junior synonyms of Astyanax lacust...
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The ichthyofauna from 3 streams (Água Boa, Perobão, and Santa Maria) to the lower Iguatemi River were inventoried, which is located in the upper Paraná river basin, in Mato Grosso do Sul state, Brazil. Sites in the upper, intermediate, and lower portions of each stream were quarterly electrofished from March to December 2008. All sampled fish ( n =...
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The current analysis investigates whether the uplift of the Serra da Esperança and the Ponta Grossa Arch in the Serra Geral resulted in ichthyofaunistic changes in adjacent basins. For this, we describe the phylogeographic structure among populations of Trichomycterus collected in hydrographic basins in southern Brazil by using partial nucleotide s...
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Satanoperca curupira, new species, is described from the rio Madeira basin in the State of Rondônia, Brazil. It is distinguished from all congeners by the following combination of characters: 3–7 dark-brown oblique stripes on the lachrymal (vs. 2 well-defined dark-brown stripes, or dark-brown stripes absent) and an irregular pattern of dark-brown s...
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A new species of Astyanax is described from the upper Rio Paraguai basin, Mato Grosso State, Brazil. The new species can be distinguished from congeners by having the body intensely yellowish in life (v. silvery, reddish or lightly yellow) and by morphometric and meristics traits. Astyanax dolinae n. sp. cannot be assigned to any of the Astyanax sp...
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Melanorivulus nelsoni, new species, is described from a stream draining into the upper rio Paraguai basin, in the municipality of Juscimeira, State of Mato Grosso, Brazil. It is distinguished from all other congeners, except M. pictus (Costa) and M. planaltinus (Costa & Brasil), by the lack of the pelvic fin and girdle (although only in M. nelsoni...
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We provide cytogenetic data for the threatened species Gymnogeophagus setequedas, and the first record of that species collected in the Iguaçu River, within the Iguaçu National Park’s area of environmental preservation, which is an unexpected occurrence for that species. We verified a diploid number of 2n = 48 chromosomes (4sm + 24st + 20a) and the...
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Hisonotus pachysarkos, new species, is described from rio Ivai basin, upper rio Parana system. The main characters used to distinguish it from congeners are: (1) the completely naked abdomen; (2) large males (about than 35.0 mm SL) with swollen ventral surface of the head and abdomen; (3) the absence of an odontode-free band on anterior margin of t...
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Recent sampling on fish from the headwaters of the Jordão and Areia rivers, combined with collection databases and specialized literature reports, yielded the first species inventory. Both basins reflect the high endemism rate associated with the Iguaçu River. However, four species previously thought to be restricted to the Jordão River basin...
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Nós compilamos dados sobre a diversidade da ictiofauna da bacia do rio Ivaí proveniente de recentes informações contidas em estudos divulgados na literatura especializada, coletas padronizadas e registros das espécies depositadas em coleções ictiológicas. Foram registradas 118 espécies de peixes pertencentes a oito ordens e 29 famílias. Dessas, 100...
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Pimelodus mysteriosus Azpelicueta 1998, previously known only from the lower Paraná and Paraguay River basins, has been also recorded in the upper Paraná River floodplain. The only congeners occurring in syntopy with P. mysteriosus in the upper Paraná River basin are P. maculatus and P. ornatus. New diagnostic characters between P. mysteriosus and...
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We performed an analysis of the descriptions of new species of Neotropical Siluriformes (catfishes) to estimate the number of new species that remain to be described for a complete knowledge on biodiversity of this order, to verify the effectiveness of taxonomic support , and to identify trends and present relevant information for future policies....
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Introduction: The Magellanic Penguin migrates on the ocean currents from its reproduction colonies in Patagonia to seek abundant food on the Brazilian continental shelf. The pineal gland, an endocrine gland, whose secretions are affected by the light-darkness photoperiod, has a basic function in the biological processes of migrating animals. Melato...