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Invasion of the Indo-Pacific blenny <I>Omobranchus punctatus</I> (Perciformes: Blenniidae) on the Atlantic Coast of Central and South America

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dc.contributor.author Lasso-Alcala, Oscar en
dc.contributor.author Nunes, Jorge L. S. en
dc.contributor.author Lasso, Carlos en
dc.contributor.author Posada, Juan en
dc.contributor.author Robertson, D. Ross en
dc.contributor.author Piorski, Nivaldo M. en
dc.contributor.author Van Tassell, James en
dc.contributor.author Giarrizzo, Tommaso en
dc.contributor.author Gondolo, Guilherme en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-06T15:28:40Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-06T15:28:40Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Lasso-Alcala, Oscar, Nunes, Jorge L. S., Lasso, Carlos, Posada, Juan, Robertson, D. Ross, Piorski, Nivaldo M., Van Tassell, James, Giarrizzo, Tommaso, and Gondolo, Guilherme. 2011. "<a href="https://repository.si.edu/handle/10088/17635">Invasion of the Indo-Pacific blenny Omobranchus punctatus (Perciformes: Blenniidae) on the Atlantic Coast of Central and South America</a>." <em>Neotropical Ichthyology</em>. 9 (3):571&ndash;578. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1590/S1679-62252011000300010">https://doi.org/10.1590/S1679-62252011000300010</a> en
dc.identifier.issn 1679-6225
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10088/17635
dc.description.abstract We examined 308 specimens of the Indo-Pacific blenniid Omobranchus punctatus deposited in four museum collections, and analyzed data on their collection locations to assess its invasion on the Atlantic coast of Central and South America. This species occurs in shoreline estuarine and marine habitats in the Indo-West Pacific. Previous sampling and recent records in the Tropical West Atlantic from 1930 to 2004 produced 20 records for: Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad and Brazil. In this work, we provide data on 17 new records for the Gulfs of Venezuela and Paria in Venezuela, as well as four records for Maranhao and Para states in NE Brazil. The temporal pattern of collections (1930 - 2009) and the proximity of most localities to ports and zones of ship traffic indicate that O. punctatus was initially introduced to the Atlantic by ships travelling from India to Trinidad. Within Brazil the introduction is linked to shipping connected to petroleum platforms. In Maranhao and Para the introduction may have occurred as a result of fish sheltering in fouling on hulls of ships moving between ports around the mouth of the Amazon River. Alternatively, the spread of this species along of the American coast may reflect the expansion of the range of O. puntactus through larval dispersal in northward flowing currents. We recommend monitoring of this introduced species, and studies of its ecology in West Atlantic areas. en
dc.relation.ispartof Neotropical Ichthyology en
dc.title Invasion of the Indo-Pacific blenny <I>Omobranchus punctatus</I> (Perciformes: Blenniidae) on the Atlantic Coast of Central and South America en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 108230
dc.identifier.doi 10.1590/S1679-62252011000300010
rft.jtitle Neotropical Ichthyology
rft.volume 9
rft.issue 3
rft.spage 571
rft.epage 578
dc.description.SIUnit STRI en
dc.description.SIUnit Peer-Reviewed en
dc.citation.spage 571
dc.citation.epage 578

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