Journal article

Climate change and its implications for Australia's freshwater fish

John R Morrongiello, Stephen J Beatty, James C Bennett, David A Crook, David NEN Ikedife, Mark J Kennard, Adam Kerezsy, Mark Lintermans, Dale G McNeil, Bradley J Pusey, Thomas Rayner

MARINE AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2011

Abstract

Freshwater environments and their fishes are particularly vulnerable to climate change because the persistence and quality of aquatic habitat depend heavily on climatic and hydrologic regimes. In Australia, projections indicate that the rate and magnitude of climate change will vary across the continent. We review the likely effects of these changes on Australian freshwater fishes across geographic regions encompassing a diversity of habitats and climatic variability. Commonalities in the predicted implications of climate change on fish included habitat loss and fragmentation, surpassing of physiological tolerances and spread of alien species. Existing anthropogenic stressors in more develop..

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