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Junk, W. J., & da Silva, V. M. F. (1997). Mammals, reptiles and amphibians. In W. J. Junk (Ed.), The Central Amazon Floodplain: Ecology of a Pulsing System (pp. 409-417). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Verlag.

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Junk, Wolfgang J.1, Author              
da Silva, Vera Maria F.2, Author
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1Working Group Tropical Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Limnology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society, ou_976549              
2INPA - Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, C.P. 478, 69.011-970 Manaus/AM, Brazil, ou_persistent22              

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 Abstract: When the first Europeans came to the Amazon they were deeply impressed by the rich wildlife along the river. Cristobal de Acuña, who participated in the Amazon expedition of the Portuguese General Pedro Teixeira in 1637–1638, reported the great abundance of river turtles, which the natives caught for food and stored alive behind fences. Caimans had been so frequent that they were crowded at low water level in the remaining lakes in the floodplain. The exploitation of the large stocks of manatees and turtles became economically important activities. At the end of the last century, Verissimo (1895) criticised the irresponsible fishing and hunting practises and predicted the extinction of the turtles, the manatee, and the giant osteoglossid fish Pirarucú (Arapaima gigas). After World War II, the hides of caimans became of interest for tanneries and the populations were greatly reduced in a few decades.

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 Dates: 1997
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Title: The Central Amazon Floodplain: Ecology of a Pulsing System
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Junk, Wolfgang J.1, Editor            
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1 Working Group Tropical Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Limnology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society, ou_976549            
Publ. Info: Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Verlag
Pages: 525 Volume / Issue: Ecological Studies Vol. 126 Sequence Number: 21 Start / End Page: 409 - 417 Identifier: ISBN: 978-3-540-59276-1