Short Communication

First record of freshwater fish on the Cape Verdean archipelago

Published in: African Zoology
Volume 47, issue 2, 2012 , pages: 341–344
DOI: 10.1080/15627020.2012.11407545
Author(s): Kay LucekInstitute for Ecology & Evolution, Division of Aquatic Ecology & Macroevolution, University of Bern, Switzerland, Mélissa LemoineInstitute for Ecology & Evolution, Division of Evolutionary Ecology, University of Bern, Switzerland


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.

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