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Global Distribution of Iconic Freshwater Megafauna

Global Distribution of Iconic Freshwater Megafauna

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The map depicts the global distribution of iconic freshwater megafauna, including 73 fishes, 36 reptiles and 23 mammals. These species occur on every continent except Antarctica. Sixty two of the 107 assessed freshwater megafauna species are classified as threatened.

Source

Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries
 
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
 

see also:

Carrizo, S.F., Jähnig, S.C., Bremerich, V., Freyhof, J., Harrison, I., He, F., Langhans, S.D., Tockner, K., Zarfl, C. & Darwall, W. (2017) Freshwater Megafauna: Flagships for Freshwater Biodiversity under Threat. BioScience, 67: 919–927, https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/bix099 (link)

with support provided by: BioFresh project and SMART

 

authors

Fengzhi He, Sonja C. Jähnig email, Vanessa Bremerich and William Darwall

contact

Sonja C. Jähnig email
Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries
Müggelseedamm 310
12587 Berlin
Germany

Related Publications

  • He, F., Zarfl, C., Bremerich, V., Henshaw, A., Darwall, W., Tockner, K. and Jähnig, S. C. (2017), Disappearing giants: a review of threats to freshwater megafauna. WIREs Water, 4: e1208.
  • IUCN. 2016. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016.1. (5 May 2016; www.iucnredlist.org)
  • Leader-Williams N, Dublin HT (2000) Charismatic megafauna as ‘flagship’ species. In: Entwistle A, Dunstone N (eds) Has the Panda had its day? Future priorities for the conservation of mammal diversity. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp 53–81

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acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin, Germany and work was supported by the European Commission through the BioFresh project (“Biodiversity of Freshwater Ecosystems: Status, Trends, Pressures, and Conservation Priorities”), FP7-ENV-2008, Contract no. 226874 and EU Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate programme - SMART (Science for the MAnagement of Rivers and their Tidal systems).

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