Co-occurrence patterns of fish communities in littorals of three floodplain lakes of the Orinoco River, Venezuela

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Gabriela E. Echevarría
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9353-6696
Nirson González
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7593-1024

Abstract

The co-occurrence patterns of fish communities in the littorals of three lagoons of the Orinoco River floodplain in Venezuela were studied during four hydrological phases: low, rising, high and falling waters, from 2008–2009, using null models.  The analyses were made separately for each floodplain lake and for each habitat type within them.  During low waters only one lake showed a segregated pattern in beaches covered with leaf litter, whereas in the other floodplain lakes the communities were randomly assembled in all habitats during the four hydrological phases.  Despite the absence of a significant overall structure, several significantly aggregated and segregated species pairs were observed in the three lakes.  The temporal variation might be the main factor responsible for the co-occurrence patterns observed in these floodplain lakes due to the periodic reshuffling of littoral habitats. 

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Echevarría, G.E. and González, N. 2017. Co-occurrence patterns of fish communities in littorals of three floodplain lakes of the Orinoco River, Venezuela. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 9, 6 (Jun. 2017), 10249–10260. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.2710.9.6.10249-10260.
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Gabriela E. Echevarría, Laboratorio de Biología de Organismos, Centro de Ecología, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones científicas, Avenida Panamericana, kilómetro 11, Altos de Pipe, Caracas 1020-A Dirección postal apartado 21827, Miranda, Venezuela

Gabriela Echevarría recently completed her PhD studies in ecology in the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research.

Nirson González, Laboratorio de Ecología de Peces, Estación de Investigaciones Hidrobiológicas de Guayana, Fundación La Salle de Ciencias Naturales. Campus Guayana, Avenida Alonso de Herrera, San Félix, 8051, Bolívar, Venezuela

 Nirson González is a researcher in the Station of Hydrobiological Research of La Salle Foundation of Natural Sciences, where he is in charge of the Laboratory of Fish Ecology and the Collection of Fishes of Guayana.

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