|Title||Annotated checklist of marine fishes from the Sanctuary of Bahia Chamela, Mexico with occurrence and biogeographic data|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Galvan-Villa C.M, Rios-Jara E., Bastida-Izaguirre D., Hastings PA, Balart E.F|
|Type of Article||Article|
|Keywords||abundance; assemblages; biogeographic affinity; community structure; design; diversity; eastern pacific; gulf-of-california; Ichthyofauna; reef fish; region; reserve; species richness; systematic list; teleostei|
An annotated checklist of marine fishes of the Sanctuary of Islands and Islets of Bahia Chamela in the central Mexican Pacific is presented. Records of fish species were obtained by different methods including visual census, sampling with anesthetics, fisherman-nets, and trawling with a biological dredge. Additional records were obtained from natural history collections and publications. The list comprises 196 species in 64 families and 141 genera. The Carangidae is the most speciose family with 11 species, followed by the Labridae with 10 and the Pomacentridae with nine. Fourteen species are endemic in Mexican Pacific waters, but none is restricted to Bahia Chamela. The most dominant species recorded during underwater surveys were Epinephelus labriformis, Stegastes flavilatus, and Halichoeres dispilus. Most species are of tropical affinities distributed throughout the tropical eastern Pacific (123), eastern Pacific (23), and Mexican Pacific (14). Other species are known from the eastern and Indo-Pacific regions (18), eastern Pacific and western Atlantic oceans (2), and some are circumtropical (9). A new record of the Gulf Brotula Ogilbia ventralis is provided for the Bahia Chamela and its geographical distribution is extended to Mexican central Pacific.