Tilapia (Teleostei: Cichlidae) status in Nicaraguan natural waters

  title={Tilapia (Teleostei: Cichlidae) status in Nicaraguan natural waters},
  author={Jeffrey K. McCrary and Brian R. Murphy and Jay R. Stauffer and S. S. Hendrix},
  journal={Environmental Biology of Fishes},
We surveyed the watersheds covering more than 80% of the surface area of Nicaragua, and review the history of deliberate introductions and unintentional invasion of tilapias, Oreochromis spp., into the freshwater of Nicaragua. The species have become widely established, with a range of negative consequences for the rich natural fish fauna of this Central American country. Tilapias compete directly with native cichlids in a number of ways, and have also supplanted native species as food fish in… Expand

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