Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 693–714 | Cite as

Biology, ecology and biogeography of the South American silver croaker, an important Neotropical fish species in South America

  • Jamile Queiroz-SousaEmail author
  • Eduardo Meneguzzi Brambilla
  • James Raul Garcia-Ayala
  • Fabio Alexandre Travassos
  • Vanessa Salete Daga
  • André Andrian Padial
  • Jean Ricardo Simões Vitule


The South American silver croaker is a popular fish that has recently received substantial attention from scientists, mainly due to its importance as source of animal protein and as a key fisheries species. However, little is known about the conditions that explain its historical and current spatial distribution, both in its native habitat and where it is a successful invasive species. The aim of the present study was to explore the ecological information available for this species, to then critically examine ecological theories related to the conditions underpinning its success. To this end, an exhaustive literature search was conducted with the immediate aim of investigating whether the success of South American silver croaker was driven by species-climate or species–human interactions. The non-native populations were found to occupy climate niche spaces different from those observed in their native ranges. In addition, it was clear that humans played a role in facilitating the large-scale dispersion of silver croaker, and assisted as agents of impact driving the observed current and, probably, the future spatial distribution, which we can predict from our data and from the pattern of propagule pressure. Overall, the current biogeography of this species illustrates how the construction of dams, along with the introduction and stocking of non-native species, overfishing and other human activities can alter fish populations and assemblages. Such processes can reduce native species, increase the abundance and distribution of invasive species, as well as cause changes in life-history traits and genetic variability, all with long-term socioeconomic consequences.


Anthropogenic impacts Climate impacts Conservation Fisheries management Invasive species Species distribution 



We thank MSc. V. M. Azevedo-Santos and Dr. J. A. Nienow as reviewers for shrewd comments, T. H. S. Pires, B. S. Barros, A. Galuch for Fig. 1a, Prof. G. Loubens for providing documents and the photo Fig. 1b–d, and F. M. Pelicice for the photo Fig. 1e–h. The authors acknowledge Eletronorte, which provided the data from its environmental monitoring program to be used for scientific purposes. This work was supported by the Fish Ecology and Biology Laboratory, Department of Morphology, Bioscience Institute of Botucatu headed by Prof. Edmir Daniel Carvalho (in memoriam). We are grateful to CNPq (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico) for constant financial support and research grants provided to JRSV (Process Numbers: 310850/2012-6, 303776/2015-3), and VSD (Process Number: 167382/2017-9).

Supplementary material

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Additional Supporting Information found in the online version: Figure S1—Flow diagram of the systematic review methodology (adapted of Prisma 2009). Table S1—List of the previous studies of the South American silver croaker in Neotropical region. (DOC 434 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jamile Queiroz-Sousa
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  • Eduardo Meneguzzi Brambilla
    • 1
  • James Raul Garcia-Ayala
    • 1
  • Fabio Alexandre Travassos
    • 2
  • Vanessa Salete Daga
    • 3
  • André Andrian Padial
    • 4
  • Jean Ricardo Simões Vitule
    • 3
  1. 1.Programa de Pós-graduação em Ciências Biológicas área de concentração ZoologiaInstituto de Biociências de Botucatu, Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho”BotucatuBrazil
  2. 2.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Aquicultura, Unicenter. Universidade Nilton LinsInstituto de Pesquisas da Amazônia – INPAManausBrazil
  3. 3.Laboratório de Ecologia e Conservação – LEC, Departamento de Engenharia Ambiental, Setor de TecnologiaUniversidade Federal do ParanáCuritibaBrazil
  4. 4.Departamento de Botânica, Setor de Ciências BiológicasUniversidade Federal do ParanáCuritibaBrazil

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