Fishes from Chira River basin, Piura, Peru Peces de la cuenca del río Chira, Piura, Perú

Vanessa Meza-Vargas, Dario R. Faustino-Fuster, José Marchena, Nicol Faustino-Meza, Hernán Ortega

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Chira River is located on the north coast of Peru. The scant information of the ichthyofauna from coastal drainages from Peru is noteworthy. The aim of this study is to characterize the ichthyofauna along the Chira River basin in terms of diversity and altitudinal range distribution. The material examined belongs to the Ichthyological collection of the Natural History Museum (MUSM). The diversity of fishes is composed of 27 species belonging to 19 families and ten orders. Siluriformes and Characiformes were the most diverse, consisting of 22% (six species) for each one. Five species are new records for the Chira River (three natives and two non-natives). Six marine species and seven exotic species were recorded as well. The altitudinal distribution patterns for all species were registered. This study increases the known diversity of freshwater fishes from Pacific Drainage Rivers in Peru, and it could be used for management and conservation plans.

Original languageEnglish
Article number21993
JournalRevista Peruana de Biologia
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2022


  • North Andean Pacific Slopes
  • Peruvian coastal drainage
  • Tropical coastal rivers
  • exotic fishes
  • geographic distribution
  • ichthyofauna
  • seasonal dry forest


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