TAXONOMIC COVERAGE

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The Amazon basin has the highest fish biodiversity in the world, with a species count around 2,400 species. Some of these species display the longest freshwater migrations in the world, traveling more than 4,000 kilometers per transect. Migratory species represent more than 80% of the total fish catch in the Amazon, making them essential for food security and economic development in the region.

Initially, we will focus on the following species of migratory catfish and scaled fish species that are essential for food security and economic development in the region:

 

Brachyplatystoma juruense (Camiseto, Zúngaro alianza, Zebra, Flamengo, Bagre, Achuni)

Brachyplatystoma platynemum (Baboso, Zúngaro tabla barba, Babão, Bagre baboso, Vaselina)

Brachyplatystoma rousseauxii (Dorado, Zúngaro dorado, Dourada, Bagre plateado)

Brachyplatystoma vaillantii (Pirabutón, Manitoa, Zúngaro manitoa, Piramutaba, Bagre)

Brycon amazonicus (Sábalo, Matrinxã, Matrinchão, Jatuarana, Yatorana)

Colossoma macropomum (Gamitana, Tambaquí, Pacú)

Piaractus brachypomus (Paco, Pirapitinga, Pacú)

Prochilodus nigricans (Bocachico, Boquichico, Curimatã, Sábalo)

Semaprochilodus insignis (Yaraqui, Jaraqui-de-escama-grossa, Jaraqui, Bocachico)

 

Visit Amazon Waters Initiative and learn about Fisheries in the Amazon.