Spatial relationships between fishes and amphibians: implications for conservation planning in a Neotropical Hotspot

Amanda C. Covre, Ricardo Lourenço-De-Moraes, Felipe S. Campos, Evanilde Benedito

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Species distribution patterns are widely used to guide conservation planning and are a central issue in ecology. The usefulness of spatial correlation analysis has been highlighted in several ecological applications so far. However, spatial assumptions in ecology are highly scale-dependent, in which geographical relationships between species diversity and distributions can have different conservation concerns. Here, an integrative landscape planning was designed to show the spatial distribution patterns of taxonomic and functional diversity of amphibians and fishes, from multiple species traits regarding morphology, life history, and behavior. We used spatial, morphological, and ecological data of amphibians and fishes to calculate the functional diversity and the spatial correlation of species. Mapping results show that the higher taxonomic and functional diversity of fishes is concentrated in the West Atlantic Forest. Considering amphibians, are located in the East portion of the biome. The spatial correlation of species indicates the regions of the Serra do Mar and the extreme southern part of the Central Corridor as the main overlapped species distribution areas between both groups. New key conservation sites were reported within the Brazilian Atlantic Forest hotspot, revealing cross-taxon mismatches between terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. This study offers useful spatial information integrating suitable habitats of fishes and amphibians to complement existing and future research based on terrestrial and freshwater conservation. New priorities for biodiversity conservation in rich-species regions highlight the importance of spatial pattern analysis to support land-use planning in a macroecological context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)978–989
Number of pages12
JournalEnvironmental Management
Issue number6
Early online date29 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022


  • Taxonomic Diversity
  • Functional Diversity
  • Macroecology
  • Atlantic Forest
  • Conservation planning


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