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Life Sciences - Ecology | Marine Biodiversity of Costa Rica, Central America

Marine Biodiversity of Costa Rica, Central America

Series: Monographiae Biologicae, Vol. 86

Wehrtmann, Ingo S., Cortés, Jorge (Eds.)

2009, XXXIV, 538 p. With CD-ROM.

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  • *  This book provides a compilation and update of species diversity in coastal and marine habitats of Costa Rica in particular and Central America in general. 
  • * The compilation features species lists, comments on the state of knowledge of almost all taxonomical groups prepared by both national and international specialists.
  • *  The book contains information about collections and experts for each taxonomic group as well as information gaps and serves as starting point and basic reference for future research. 

This volume, compiling and updating the marine biodiversity information of Costa Rica, consists of species lists, and comments on the state-of-knowledge of most taxonomical groups. It contains information about collections and experts for each taxonomic group as well as information gaps, thus serving as a starting point and basic reference for future research. Although focusing on Costa Rica, the book provides an overview of marine species diversity of Central America.

This full color book with over 100 color illustrations should stimulate marine research in the region, and will be an asset for students and researchers as well as decision makers and conservation managers dealing with the sustainable use of marine and coastal areas.

From the foreword by the President of Costa Rica: Oscar Arias Sanchez:
'The work of Ingo Wehrtmann, Jorge Cortes and their colleagues, who have created the first-ever compilation of knowledge of our marine organisms, allows the rest of us to imagine underwater life a bit more clearly. Such imagining is crucial if our marine habitats are to be saved. This work also underscores the urgency of our task as conservationists.'

The Species' List can be obtained from http://extras.springer.com

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Botany - Bryozoa - Chordata - Conservation - Costa Rica - Crustacea - Mangrove - Marine Biodiversity - Zoology - algae - biodiversity - environment - marine species - plankton - sponges

Related subjects » Animal Sciences - Ecology - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity

Table of contents 

PART I The Marine Realm of Costa Rica – Diversity of Marine Habitats Jorge Cortés & Ingo S. Wehrtmann PART II A history of marine biodiversity scientific research in Costa Rica Jorge Cortés PART III Marine Fossils Teresita Aguilar PART IV Taxonomic groups Chapter 1. Phytoplankton - Roxana Víquez & Paul E. Hargraves Chapter 2 Marine benthic algae - Andrea Bernecker Chapter 3. Seagrasses -Jorge Cortés & Eva Salas Chapter 4 Mangroves - Ana Margarita Silva-Benavides Chapter 5 Foraminifera - Jorge Cortés, Claudia Mora-Baumgartner & Vanessa Nielsen Chapter 6 Sponges - Jorge Cortés, Noam van der Hal, R.W.M. van Soest Chapter 7 Hydrozoa, Scyphozoa and Cubozoa (Medusozoa) - Karina Rodríguez & Lourdes Segura-Puertas Chapter 8 Siphonophores - Karina Rodríguez & Rebeca Gasca Chapter 9. Zoanthids, sea anemones and corallimorpharians - Jorge Cortés Chapter 10 Octocorals - Odalisca Breedy Chapter 11 Stony corals - Jorge Cortés Chapter 12 Sipunculans - José A. Vargas & Harlan K. Dean Chapter 13 Polychaetes and echiurans - Harlan K. Dean Chapter 14 Stomatopods - Rita Vargas Chapter 15 Euphausids - Iván Castellanos, Eduardo Suárez-Morales & Álvaro Morales-Ramírez Chapter 16 Decapod crustaceans- Rita Vargas & Ingo S. Wehrtmann Chapter 17 Shallow water mysids - W. Wayne Price, Richard W. Heard and Rita Vargas Chapter 18 Cumaceans - Iorgu Petrescu, Richard W. Heard, Rita Vargas & Odalisca Breedy Chapter 19 Tanaidaceans - Richard W. Heard, Odalisca Breedy & Rita Vargas Chapter 20 Isopods - Richard Brusca & Ingo S. Wehrtmann Chapter 21 Gammaridean amphipods - John M. Foster, Sara E. LeCroy, Richard W. Heard and Rita Vargas Chapter 22 Hyperiid amphipods - Rebeca Gasca Chapter 23 Barnacles - Robert von Syoc Chapter 24 Copepods - Álvaro Morales-Ramírez & Eduardo Suárez-Morales Chapter 25 Sea-spiders - Roger N.Bamber Chapter 26 Marine insects - Monika Springer Chapter 27 Chitons - Enrico Schwabe & Ingo S. Wehrtmann Chapter 28 Benthic, shelled gastropods - Leonora Rodríguez, Rita Vargas & Jorge Cortés Chapter 29 Pelagic gastropods - Eduardo Suárez-Morales, Rebeca Gasca & Iván Castellanos Chapter 30 Benthic opisthobranchs - Yolanda E. Camacho-García Chapter 31 Bivalves - Julio Magaña-Cubillo & José Espinosa Chapter 32 Squids and octopuses - F.G. Hochberg & Yolanda E. Camacho-García Chapter 33 Phoronids - Christian C. Emig Chapter 34 Bryozoans - Jorge Cortés, Vanessa Nielsen & Amalia Herrera-Cubilla Chapter 35 Brachiopods - Christian C. Emig Chapter 36 Echinoderms - Juan José Alvarado & Jorge Cortés Chapter 37 Chaetognaths or arrow worms - Eduardo Suárez-Morales, Rosa Ma. Hernández-Flores & Álvaro Morales-Ramírez Chapter 38 Appendicularians (Urochordata) - Iván Castellanos, Álvaro Morales-Ramírez & Eduardo Suárez-Morales Chapter 39 Marine fish - William A. Bussing & Myrna López Chapter 40 Marine reptiles and amphibians - Mahmood Sasa, Gerardo A. Chaves & Lisa D. Patrick Chapter 41 Birds in coastal and marine environments - Gilbert Barrantes & Johel Chaves-Campos Chapter 42 Marine mammals - Laura May-Collado Chapter 43 Other taxonomic groups Fungi, kinorhynchs, invertebrate chordates - Jorge Cortés Chapter 44 Marine fish parasites - Jorge Cortés Chapter 45 Sea turtle parasites - Mario Santero & Simonetta Mattiucci PART V. Marine Biodiversity of Costa Rica: Perspectives and Conclusions - Ingo S. Wehrtmann, Jorge Cortés & Silvia Echeverría

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