17. The Amazonian Neogene Fish Fauna

  1. C. Hoorn4 and
  2. F. P. Wesselingh5
  1. John G. Lundberg1,
  2. Mark H. Sabaj Pérez1,
  3. Wasila M. Dahdul2 and
  4. Orangel A. Aguilera3

Published Online: 1 JUL 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306408.ch17

Amazonia: Landscape and Species Evolution: A look into the past

Amazonia: Landscape and Species Evolution: A look into the past

How to Cite

Lundberg, J. G., Sabaj Pérez, M. H., Dahdul, W. M. and Aguilera, O. A. (2009) The Amazonian Neogene Fish Fauna, in Amazonia: Landscape and Species Evolution: A look into the past (eds C. Hoorn and F. P. Wesselingh), Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306408.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Analysis, University of Amsterdam, Kruislaan 318, 1098 SM Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  2. 5

    Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 9517, Darwinweg 2, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Ichthyology, The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1195, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Biology, The University of South Dakota, 414 E. Clark St., Vermillion, SD 57069, USA

  3. 3

    Universidad Nacional Experimental Francisco de Miranda, Centro de Investigaciones en Ciencias Básicas, Complejo Docente Los Perozos, Carretera Variante Sur, Coro, 4101, Falcón, Venezuela

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JUL 2010
  2. Published Print: 8 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405181136

Online ISBN: 9781444306408



  • Amazonian Neogene fish fauna;
  • Middle Miocene, freshwater fish fauna of South America - modern, taxonomic and ecological range;
  • Amazonian Neogene fishes - close correspondence to modern fishes in taxonomic affinity;
  • Neotropical ichthyofauna of South and Central America;
  • Neogene formations, fossil faunas and palaeohabitats;
  • Neogene fish fauna from Amazonia and related basins;
  • piranhas (Serrasalmus, Pygocentrus, Pristobrycon) - piscivorous fishes;
  • Doradidae (thorny catfishes);
  • Modern Phractocephalus hemioliopterus - in Orinoco and Amazon systems;
  • Amazonian fish diversification timeline


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Material and methods

  • The Neogene fish fauna from Amazonia and related basins

  • Palaeoenvironment

  • Community structure

  • Timeline of Amazonian fish diversification

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgements

  • References