Short Communications: First record of freshwater fish on the Cape Verdean archipelago

  • Kay Lucek
  • Mélissa Lemoine
Keywords: Cape Verde, guppy, Poecilia reticulata, Macaronesia.

Abstract

The Cape Verdean islands form a distinct aquatic freshwater ecoregion characterized  mainly by temporal water bodies with an adapted invertebrate community. Freshwater fish were not previously recorded from the archipelago. During a non-exhaustive survey  of freshwater bodies on five islands of the archipelago, the first presence of a freshwater fish was recorded. Using barcoding sequences, the species was identified as the guppy (Poecilia reticulata), a highly invasive species alien to the Cape Verdean Islands.

Key words: Cape Verde, guppy, Poecilia reticulata, Macaronesia.

Published
2017-04-20
Section
Articles

Journal Identifiers


eISSN: 2224-073X
print ISSN: 1562-7020