Marine Biodiversity of Costa Rica, Central America / Edition 1

Marine Biodiversity of Costa Rica, Central America / Edition 1

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Marine Biodiversity of Costa Rica, Central America / Edition 1

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402082771
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 02/13/2009
Series: Monographiae Biologicae , #86
Edition description: 2009
Pages: 538
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.04(d)

About the Author

Ingo Wehrtmann:

  • more than 50 published articles
  • researcher and lecture at the Universidad de Costa Rica
  • has worked in scientific institutions in Germany, Colombia, Chile, USA, Philippines and Costa Rica
  • more than 20 years of experience in international scientific collaboration
  • principal research area: decapod crustaceans in marine, estuarine and freshwater habitats
  • Jorge Cortés:

    • Premio Nacional de Ciencias, Costa Rica, 1982
    • more than 100 published papers
    • editor of the book "Latin American Coral Reefs", 2003
    • researcher and lecturer at Universidad de Costa Rica
    • more than 25 years of experience in coral reef research

Table of Contents

Presentation Oscar Arias Sánches, President of Costa Rica vii

Foreword Nancy Knowlton, Smithsonian Institution, Washington. DC ix

Foreword Elliott A. Norse President of Marine Conservation Biology Institute xi

Preface and Acknowledgments Ingo S. Wehrtmann Jorge Cortes xv

Contributors xxix

Chapter I Diversity of Marine Habitats of the Caribbean and Pacific of Costa Rica Jorge Cortes Ingo S. Wehrtmann 1

Chapter II A History of Marine Biodiversity Scientific Research in Costa Rica Jorge Cortes 47

Chapter III Marine Fossils Teresita Aguilar 81

Chapter IV Taxonomic Groups 95

Part 1 Phytoplankton Roxana Viquez Paul E. Hargraves 97

Part 2 Marine Benthic Algae Andrea Bernecker 109

Part 3 Seagrasses Jorge Cortes Eva Salas 119

Part 4 Mangroves Ana Margarita Silva-Benavides 123

Part 5 Formainifera Jorge Cortes Claudia Mora-Baumgartner Vanessa Nielsen 131

Part 6 Sponges Jorge Cortes Noam Van Der Hal R.W.M. Van Soest 137

Part 7 Hydrozoa, Scyphozoa, and Cubozoa (Medusozoa) Karina Rodriguez-Sáenz Lourdes Segura-Puertas 143

Part 8 Siphonophores Karina Rodriguez-Saenz Rebeca Gasca 151

Part 9 Zoanthids, Sea Anemones and Corallimorpharians Jorge Cortes 157

Part 10 Octocorals Odalisca Breedy 161

Part 11 Stony Corals Jorge Cortes 169

Part 12 Sipunculans José A. Vargas Harlan K. Dean 175

Part 13 Polychaetes and Echiurans Harland K. Dean 181

Part 14 Stomatopods Rita Vargas 193

Part 15 Euphausiids Iván Castellanos Eduardo Suarez-Morales Alvaro Morales-Ramirez 199

Part 16 Decapod Crustaceans Rita Vargas Ingo S. Wehrtmann 209

Part 17 Shallow Water Mysids W. Wayne Price Richard W. Heard Rita Vargas 229

Part 18 Cumaceans Iorgu PetrescuRichard W. Heard Rita Vargas Odalisca Breedy 237

Part 19 Tanaidaceans Richard W. Heard Odalisca Breedy Rita Vargas 245

Part 20 Isopods Richard C. Brusca Ingo S. Wehrtmann 257

Part 21 Gammaridean Amphipods John M. Foster Sara E. LeCroy Richard W. Heard Rita Vargas 265

Part 22 Hyperiid Amphipods Rebeca Gasca 275

Part 23 Barnacles Robert Van Syoc 283

Part 24 Copepods Alvaro Morales-Ramirez Eduardo Suarez-Morales 291

Part 25 Sea-Spiders Roger N. Bamber 307

Part 26 Marine Insects Monika Springer 313

Part 27 Chitons Enrico Schwabe Ingo S. Wehrtmann 323

Part 28 Benthic, Shelled Gastropods Leonora Rodriguez-Sevilla Rita Vargas Jorge Cortés 333

Part 29 Pelatic Gastropods Eduardo Suarez-Morales Rebeca Gasca Ivan Castellanos 357

Part 30 Benthic Opisthobranchs Yolanda E. Camacho-Garcia 371

Part 31 Bivalves Julio A. Magana-Cubillo Jose Espinosa 387

Part 32 Squids and Octopuses Frederick G. Hochberg Yolanda E. Camacho-Garcia 399

Part 33 Phoronids Christian C. Emig 409

Part 34 Bryozans Jorge Cortes Vanessa Nielsen Amalia Herrera-Cubilla 413

Part 35 Brachiopods Christian C. Emig 417

Part 36 Echinoderms Juan Jose Alvarado Jorge Cortes 421

Part 37 Chaetognaths or Arrow Worms Eduardo Suarez-Morales Rosa Ma. Hernandez-Flores Alvaro Morales-Ramirez 435

Part 38 Appendicularians (Urochordata) Iván A. Castellanos Alvaro Morales-Ramirez Eduardo Suarez-Morales 445

Part 39 Marine Fish William A. Bussing Myrna Lopez 453

Part 40 Marine Reptiles and Amphibians Mahmood Sasa Gerardo A. Chaves Lisa D. Patrick 459

Part 41 Birds in Coastal and Marine Environments Gilbert Barrantes Johel Chaves-Campos 469

Part 42 Marine Mammals Laura May-Collado 479

Part 43 Other Taxonomic Groups (Fungi, Kinorhyanchs, Invertebrate Chordates) Jorge Cortes 497

Part 44 Marine Fish Parasites Jorge Cortes 501

Part 45 Sea Turtle Parasites Mario Santoro Simonetta Mattiucci 507

Chapter V Marine Biodiversity of Costa Rica: Rerspectives and Conclusions Ingo S. Wehrtmann Jorge Cortes Silvia Echeverria-Saenz 521

Index 535

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