Freshwater ecoregions of the world

A new map of biogeographic units for freshwater biodiversity conservation

Robin Abell, Michele L. Thieme, Carmen Revenga, Mark Bryer, Maurice Kottelat, Nina Bogutskaya, Brian Coad, Nick Mandrak, Salvador Contreras Balderas, William Bussing, Melanie L.J. Stiassny, Paul Skelton, Gerald R. Allen, Peter Unmack, Alexander Naseka, Rebecca Ng, Nikolai Sindorf, James Robertson, Eric Armijo, Jonathan V. Higgins & 8 others Thomas J. Heibel, Eric Wikramanayake, David Olson, Hugo L. López, Roberto E. Reis, John G. Lundberg, Mark H. Sabaj Pérez, Paulo Petry

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Abstract

We present a new map depicting the first global biogeographic regionalization of Earth's freshwater systems. This map of freshwater ecoregions is based on the distributions and compositions of freshwater fish species and incorporates major ecological and evolutionary patterns. Covering virtually all freshwater habitats on Earth, this ecoregion map, together with associated species data, is a useful tool for underpinning global and regional conservation planning efforts (particularly to identify outstanding and imperiled freshwater systems); for serving as a logical framework for large-scale conservation strategies; and for providing a global-scale knowledge base for increasing freshwater biogeographic literacy. Preliminary data for fish species compiled by ecoregion reveal some previously unrecognized areas of high biodiversity, highlighting the benefit of looking at the world's freshwaters through a new framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-414
Number of pages12
JournalBioscience
Volume58
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Abell, R., Thieme, M. L., Revenga, C., Bryer, M., Kottelat, M., Bogutskaya, N., ... Petry, P. (2008). Freshwater ecoregions of the world: A new map of biogeographic units for freshwater biodiversity conservation. Bioscience, 58(5), 403-414. https://doi.org/10.1641/B580507
Abell, Robin ; Thieme, Michele L. ; Revenga, Carmen ; Bryer, Mark ; Kottelat, Maurice ; Bogutskaya, Nina ; Coad, Brian ; Mandrak, Nick ; Balderas, Salvador Contreras ; Bussing, William ; Stiassny, Melanie L.J. ; Skelton, Paul ; Allen, Gerald R. ; Unmack, Peter ; Naseka, Alexander ; Ng, Rebecca ; Sindorf, Nikolai ; Robertson, James ; Armijo, Eric ; Higgins, Jonathan V. ; Heibel, Thomas J. ; Wikramanayake, Eric ; Olson, David ; López, Hugo L. ; Reis, Roberto E. ; Lundberg, John G. ; Sabaj Pérez, Mark H. ; Petry, Paulo. / Freshwater ecoregions of the world : A new map of biogeographic units for freshwater biodiversity conservation. In: Bioscience. 2008 ; Vol. 58, No. 5. pp. 403-414.
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In: Bioscience, Vol. 58, No. 5, 05.2008, p. 403-414.

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Abell R, Thieme ML, Revenga C, Bryer M, Kottelat M, Bogutskaya N et al. Freshwater ecoregions of the world: A new map of biogeographic units for freshwater biodiversity conservation. Bioscience. 2008 May;58(5):403-414. https://doi.org/10.1641/B580507