Effects of seasonality and fish movement on tropical river food webs Conference Paper uri icon


  • Tropical rivers and their associated floodplain habitats are dynamic habitat mosaics to which fishes are challenged to respond in an adaptive manner. Migratory fishes create linkages among food webs that are partitioned along a nested hierarchy of spatial scales. Such linkages are examined across a hierarchy of spatio-temporal scales, ranging from small streams to entire drainage basins, for rivers in South America and Africa. Migratory herbivorous fishes originating from eutrophic, productive ecosystems may subsidize resident predators of oligotrophic river ecosystems, which may result in cascading direct and indirect effects on other species in local food webs. Successful management of many of the most important stocks of tropical river fishes requires conceptual models of how fish movement influences food web structure and dynamics. 1998 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles.

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altmetric score

  • 6

author list (cited authors)

  • Winemiller, K. O., & Jepsen, D. B.

citation count

  • 348

complete list of authors

  • Winemiller, KO||Jepsen, DB

publication date

  • December 1998