The fishes and the forest. Explorations in Amazonian natural history.
A comprehensive study of the interaction between inundation forests and (mainly commercial) fish in the upper Rio Madeira basin in the southern Amazon, with particular attention to the main affluent of the Rio Madeira, the Rio Machado. The rivers, flood-plains and flooded forests, fish diversity and fish migration are described in three chapters. In the following ten chapters the ecology of fish in the common groups represented in the study area is discussed, one chapter being devoted to the interaction between fish and fruit and seeds and one to the trophic structure of fish in relation to the flood-plain forest. In the concluding chapter the importance of the forest to fish is emphasized and, particularly, the detrimental effects on commercial and subsistence fisheries of flood-plain deforestation.