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Introduced guppies being the first record of freshwater fish on the Cape Verdean archipelago

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Author(s): Kay Lucek | Mélissa Lemoine

Journal: African Zoology
ISSN 1562-7020

Volume: 47;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Cape Verde | guppy | Poecilia reticulata | Macaronesia

ABSTRACT
The Cape Verdean islands form a distinct aquatic freshwater ecoregion characterised by mainly temporal water bodies with an adapted invertebrate community. Freshwater fish were not yet recorded from the archipelago. During a non-exhaustive screen of freshwater bodies on five islands of the archipelago, the first presence of freshwater fish was recorded in an artificial reservoir. Using barcoding sequences, the species was identified to be introduced guppies (Poecilia reticulata), a highly invasive species.
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