Possible Return of the Driftwood Catfish, Trachelyopterus galeatus (Family: Auchenipteridae) to Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
Kenny (1995) reported 43 freshwater fish species listed for Trinidad and Tobago. In this account, the historical occurrences of the elongate hatchetfish, Triportheus elongatus (Family: Characidae) and driftwood catfish Trachelyopterus galeatus (Family: Auchenipteridae) were noted, but both were suspected to be extinct. Neither species were reported in Phillip’s (1998) account, and subsequently were absent in the taxonomic keys for freshwater fishes by Phillip and Ramnarine (2001). Recently, T. elongatus was reported in south-east Trinidad (Mohammed et al. 2010), and T. galeatus has been re-discovered in 2011 in the central drainages of the Caroni Plain.