NCEAS Project 6981

Diversity, biogeography and macroecological patterns of Atlantic reef fishes

  • Sergio R. Floeter

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Postdoctoral Fellow1st September 2003—31st January 2006Participant List  

Abstract
This proposal aim to develop the great potential of reef-fishes as model taxa for biogeographical and macroecological analysis of reef areas in the Atlantic. Detailed large-scale studies of Atlantic reef fishes were always hampered by the lack of reliable geographical distribution of species. Now a multi-institutional international team of researchers is building the most accurate species distribution database possible for the entire tropical and subtropical Atlantic. This extensive new database covering 2404 species from 74 families will be used to 1) synthesize current knowledge of reef fish diversity and endemism in the Atlantic, 2) search for large-scale patterns and affinities among zoogeographical provinces, and 3) advance our understanding of biogeographical and macroecological marine patterns through the test of a series of hypothesis including the operation of biogeographical barriers, dispersal potential, biotic invasions, and the stepping stones concept.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Ferreira, C. E. L.; Floeter, Sergio R.; Gasparini, J. L.; Ferreira, B. P.; Joyeux, J. C. 2004. Trophic structure patterns of Brazilian reef fishes: A latitudinal comparison. Journal of Biogeography. Vol: 31. Pages 1093-1106.
Journal Article Ferreira, C. E. L.; Gasparini, J. L.; Carvalho-Filho, A.; Floeter, Sergio R. 2005. A recently extinct parrotfish species from Brazil. Coral Reefs. Vol: 24. Pages 128.
Presentations Floeter, Sergio R. 2003. Latitudinal patterns of marine herbivorous fishes, November 2003. California State University, Fullerton. Fullerton, CA.
Presentations Floeter, Sergio R. 2004. Atlantic reef fish biogeography: Concordance between phylogenies and distribution patterns, November 2004. Stanford University, CA. Stanford, CA.
Data Set Floeter, Sergio R.; Robertson, D. Ross; Ferreira, C. E. L.; Gasparini, J. L.; Rocha, Luiz; Edwards, Alasdair; Wirtz, Peter; Smith-Vaniz, William. 2004. Atlantic reef fish database. (Online version)
Journal Article Floeter, Sergio R.; Ferreira, C. E. L.; Dominici-Arosemena, A.; Zalmon, I. R. 2004. Latitudinal gradients in Atlantic reef fish communities: Trophic structure and spatial use patterns. Journal of Fish Biology. Vol: 64. Pages 1680-1699.
Presentations Floeter, Sergio R. 2005. Biogeographic barriers and reef fish diversity in the Atlantic Ocean, 31 May 2005. Scripps Institution of Oceanography. La Jolla, California.
Presentations Floeter, Sergio R. 2005. Biogeographic barriers and reef fish diversity: Phylogenies and distribution patterns in the Atlantic Ocean, 18 April 2005. Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii.
Journal Article Floeter, Sergio R.; Behrens, M. D.; Ferreira, C. E. L.; Paddack, M. J.; Horn, M. H. 2005. Geographical gradients of marine herbivorous fishes: Patterns and processes. Marine Biology. Vol: 147. Pages 1435-1447.
Journal Article Floeter, Sergio R.; Halpern, Benjamin S.; Ferreira, C. E. L. 2006. Effects of fishing and protection on Brazilian reef fishes. Biological Conservation. Vol: 128. Pages 391-402.
Journal Article Floeter, Sergio R.; Krohling, Werther; Gasparini, J. L.; Ferreira, C. E. L.; Zalmon, I. R. 2007. Reef fish community structure on coastal islands of the southeastern Brazil: The influence of exposure and benthic cover. Environmental Biology of Fishes. Vol: 78. Pages 147-160.
Journal Article Floeter, Sergio R.; Vazquez, Diego P.; Grutter, Alexandra S. 2007. The macroecology of marine cleaning mutualisms. Journal of Animal Ecology. Vol: 76. Pages 105-111.
Journal Article Floeter, Sergio R.; Rocha, Luiz; Robertson, D. Ross; Joyeux, J. C.; Smith-Vaniz, William; Wirtz, Peter; Edwards, Alasdair; Barreiros, J. P.; Ferreira, C. E. L.; Gasparini, J. L.; Brito, A.; Falcon, J. M.; Bowen, B. W.; Bernardi, G. 2008. Atlantic reef fish biogeography and evolution. Journal of Biogeography. Vol: 35. Pages 22-47.
Presentations Floeter, Sergio R. 2008. Atlantic reef fish biogeography and evolution. 11th Annual Coral Reef Symposium, 28 Jun - 2 July 2008. Ft. Lauderdale.
Book Chapter Floeter, Sergio R.; Soares-Gomes, A.; Hajdu, E. In press. Marine Biogeography. Edited by Pereira, R.C.; Soares-Gomes, A.. Biologia Marinha. Vol: 2nd edition. Editora Interciencia. Brazil.
Journal Article Gasparini, J. L.; Floeter, Sergio R.; Ferreira, C. E. L.; Sazima, I. 2005. Marine ornamental trade in Brazil. Biodiversity and Conservation. Vol: 14. Pages 2883-2899.
Journal Article Halpern, Benjamin S.; Floeter, Sergio R. 2008. Functional diversity responses to changing species richness in reef fish communities. Marine Ecology-Progress Series. Vol: 364. Pages 147-156.
Journal Article Luiz-Junior, O. J.; Floeter, Sergio R.; Gasparini, J. L.; Ferreira, C. E. L.; Wirtz, Peter. 2004. The occurrence of Acanthurus monroviae (Perciformes : Acanthuridae) in the south-western Atlantic, with comments on other eastern Atlantic reef fishes occurring in Brazil. Journal of Fish Biology. Vol: 65. Pages 1173-1179.