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Freitas, T. M. da S., Stropp, J., Calegari, B. B., Calatayud, J., De Marco, P., Montag, L. F. de A., & Hortal, J. (2020). Quantifying shortfalls in the knowledge on Neotropical Auchenipteridae fishes. Fish and Fisheries. doi:10.1111/faf.12507 https://doi.org/10.1111/faf.12507

The Neotropics harbour the greatest diversity of freshwater fish on Earth. Despite recent advances in characterizing the fish fauna, the total number of species, distributional range, evolution and ecological traits remain uncertain. Thus, we quantify shortfalls in the knowledge of taxonomy (Linnean…

Chollett, I., & Robertson, D. R. (2020). Comparing biodiversity databases: Greater Caribbean reef fishes as a case study. Fish and Fisheries. doi:10.1111/faf.12497 https://doi.org/10.1111/faf.12497

There is a widespread need for reliable biodiversity databases for science and conservation. Among the many public databases available, we lack guidance as to how their data quality varies. Here, we compare species distribution data for a well known regional reef fish fauna extracted from five globa…

Pili, A. N., Tingley, R., Sy, E. Y., Diesmos, M. L. L., & Diesmos, A. C. (2020). Niche shifts and environmental non-equilibrium undermine the usefulness of ecological niche models for invasion risk assessments. Scientific Reports, 10(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-020-64568-2 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-64568-2

Niche shifts and environmental non-equilibrium in invading alien species undermine niche-based predictions of alien species’ potential distributions and, consequently, their usefulness for invasion risk assessments. Here, we compared the realized climatic niches of four alien amphibian species (Hyla…

Alvarez, F., Gerhard, P., Paiva Silva, D., Spacek Godoy, B., & Montag, L. F. de A. (2020). Effects of different variable sets on the potential distribution of fish species in the Amazon Basin. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. doi:10.1111/eff.12552 https://doi.org/10.1111/eff.12552

Estimating species’ potential distribution is one of the main objectives of macroecology, especially when sampling biases can affect knowledge on how environmental variables affect species distribution. Ecological niche models estimate species’ environmental niches from different variables and their…

Freitas, T. M. S., Montag, L. F. A., De Marco, P., & Hortal, J. (2020). How reliable are species identifications in biodiversity big data? Evaluating the records of a neotropical fish family in online repositories. Systematics and Biodiversity, 1–11. doi:10.1080/14772000.2020.1730473 https://doi.org/10.1080/14772000.2020.1730473

The increase of free and open online biodiversity databases is of paramount importance for current research in ecology and evolution. However, little attention is paid to using updated taxonomy in these “biodiversity big data” repositories and the quality of their taxonomic information is often ques…

Oyinlola, M. A., Reygondeau, G., Wabnitz, C. C. C., & Cheung, W. W. L. (2020). Projecting global mariculture diversity under climate change. Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.14974 https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14974

Previous studies have focused on changes in the geographical distribution of terrestrial biomes and species targeted by marine capture fisheries due to climate change impacts. Given mariculture’s substantial contribution to global seafood production and its growing significance in recent decades, it…

Blanton, C. S., Perkin, J. S., Menchaca, N., & Kollaus, K. A. (2020). A Gap in the Armor: Spearfishing Reduces Biomass of Invasive Suckermouth Armored Catfish. Fisheries. doi:10.1002/fsh.10410 https://doi.org/10.1002/fsh.10410

Introduced Suckermouth Armored Catfish (SAC; family Loricariidae) have invaded freshwater ecosystems globally. In the San Marcos River, Texas, control of invasive SAC includes spearfishing through public tournaments and contracted spearfishing, yet the effectiveness of these control efforts is unqua…

Smith, J. A., Benson, A. L., Chen, Y., Yamada, S. A., & Mims, M. C. (2020). The power, potential, and pitfalls of open access biodiversity data in range size assessments: Lessons from the fishes. Ecological Indicators, 110, 105896. doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.105896 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.105896

Geographic rarity is a driver of a species’ intrinsic risk of extinction. It encompasses multiple key components including range size, which is one of the most commonly measured estimates of geographic rarity. Range size estimates are often used to prioritize conservation efforts when there are mult…

Padayachee, A. L., Procheş, Ş., & Wilson, J. R. U. (2019). Prioritising potential incursions for contingency planning: pathways, species, and sites in Durban (eThekwini), South Africa as an example. NeoBiota, 47, 1–21. doi:10.3897/neobiota.47.31959 https://doi.org/10.3897/neobiota.47.31959

Increased trade and travel have resulted in an increasing rate of introduction of biological organisms to new regions. Urban environments, such as cities, are hubs for human activities facilitating the introduction of alien species. Additionally, cities are susceptible to invading organisms as a res…

Liu, X., Blackburn, T. M., Song, T., Li, X., Huang, C., & Li, Y. (2019). Risks of Biological Invasion on the Belt and Road. Current Biology, 29(3), 499–505.e4. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2018.12.036 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2018.12.036

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is an unprecedented global development program that involves nearly half of the world’s countries [1]. It not only will have economic and political influences, but also may generate multiple environmental challenges and is a focus of considerable academic and p…