The occurrence of Sparisoma frondosum (Teleostei: Labridae) in the Cape Verde Archipelago, with a summary of expatriated Brazilian endemic reef fishes

Rui Freitas, Osmar J. Luiz, Pericles N. Silva, Sergio R. Floeter, Giacomo Bernardi, Carlos E.L. Ferreira

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The occurrence of the Brazilian endemic parrotfish Sparisoma frondosum is confirmed for the Cape Verde Archipelago, in the Tropical Eastern Atlantic. In total, 12 species of reef fishes previously thought to be either endemic or originated in the Brazilian Province have been recently recorded as vagrants in the southern Caribbean and in West African offshore islands. We suggest that the seasonal and somewhat overlooked North Equatorial Countercurrent should receive more attention as a potential dispersal route for marine organisms crossing the Atlantic in a west-east direction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-179
Number of pages7
JournalMarine Biodiversity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes


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