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Fish assemblage diversity and dynamics in the Venice lagoon

Franzoi, Piero; Franco, Anita; Torricelli, Patrizia


Piero Franzoi

Anita Franco

Patrizia Torricelli


Fish fauna is an important component of transitional waters biodiversity. Different ways of using these systems and their resources can be identified, and fish fauna of transitional waters can be categorized accordingly into several functional groups (or guilds). These functional groups are presented and described in this paper, with regard to fish adaptations to Northern Adriatic transitional water environments, and the Venice lagoon in particular. The temporal and spatial dynamics of fish fauna in such a variable and heterogeneous system is also reviewed, by taking into consideration both the taxonomical and functional (guilds) characteristics of the lagoon assemblage. The use of guilds, in fact, highlights the functional structure of complex ecosystems, such as estuaries and coastal lagoons, by accounting for availability of ecological niches within the overall physical-chemical functioning of transitional water systems.


Franzoi, P., Franco, A., & Torricelli, P. (2010). Fish assemblage diversity and dynamics in the Venice lagoon. Rendiconti Lincei, 21(3), 269-281.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Apr 14, 2010
Publication Date Apr 14, 2010
Deposit Date Mar 27, 2019
Journal Rendiconti Lincei
Print ISSN 2037-4631
Electronic ISSN 1720-0776
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 3
Pages 269-281
Keywords Fish assemblage; Diversity; Functional groups; Seasonality; Shallow habitats; Venice lagoon
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