Temporal variation in fish assemblage composition on a tidal flat

Henry L. Spach, Rodrigo S. Godefroid, César Santos, Roberto Schwarz Jr., Guilherme M. L. de Queiroz
2004 Brazilian Journal of Oceanography  
Annual variation in the fish assemblage characteristics on a tidal flat was studied in coastal Paraná, in southern Brazil. Fish were collected between August 1998 and July 1999, during the diurnal high tide and diurnal and nocturnal low tide of the syzygial (full moon) and quadrature (waning moon) tides, to characterize temporal change in assemblage composition. A total of 64,265 fish in 133 species were collected. The average number of species and individuals, biomass, species richness,
more » ... es richness, diversity (mass) and equitability varied significantly over time . The dissimilarity of the assemblage was greatest in August, September and October in contrast with the period from November to January, with the lowest dissimilarity. The combined action of water temperature, salinity and wind intensity had a great influence over the structure of the fish assemblage.
doi:10.1590/s1679-87592004000100005 fatcat:nthksvtxbrfxdkisdn2potztie