Aquatic Fauna of Three Rivers in Northeast Tobago, West Indies: Updated Species Assemblages and Distributions

Ryan S. Mohammed, Nicholas Mohammed, Amy Elizabeth Deacon, Luke V. Rostant


Tarebia; Melanoides; Neritina; Anguilla; Macrobrachium; alien invasive species; macroinvertebrates; ichthyofauna; aquatic diversity

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