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Title Marine biodiversity of Costa Rica, Central America / edited by Ingo S. Wehrtmann and Jorge Cortés
Published [Dordrecht] : Springer, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xxxiv, 538 pages) : illustrations, maps
1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
Series Monographiae biologicae ; v. 86
Monographiae biologicae ; v. 86
Contents Diversity of marine habitats of the Caribbean and Pacific of Costa Rica / Jorge Cortés and Ingo S. Wehrtmann -- A history of marine biodiversity scientific research in Costa Rica / Jorge Cortés -- Marine fossils / Teresita Aguilar -- Taxonomic groups. Phytoplankton / Roxana Víquez and Paul E. Hargraves. Marine benthic algae / Andrea Bernecker. Seagrasses / Jorge Cortés and Eva Salas. Mangroves / Ana Margarita Silva-Benavides. Foraminifera / Jorge Cortés, Claudia Mora-Baumgartner, and Vanessa Nielsen. Sponges / Jorge Cortés, Noam Van Der Hal, and R.W.M. Van Soest. Hydrozoa, Scyphozoa, and Cubozoa (Medusozoa) / Karina Rodríguez-Sáenz and Lourdes Segura-Puertas. Siphonophores / Karina Rodríguez-Sáenz and Rebeca Gasca. Zoanthids, sea anemones and corallimorpharians / Jorge Cortés. Octocorals / Odalisca Breedy. Stony corals / Jorge Cortés. Sipunculans / José A. Vargas and Harlan K. Dean. Polychaetes and echiurans / Harlan K. Dean. Stomatopods / Rita Vargas. Euphausiids / Iván Castellanos, Eduardo Suárez-Morales, and Álvaro Morales-Ramírez. Decapod crustaceans / Rita Vargas and Ingo S. Wehrtmann. Shallow water mysids / W. Wayne Price, Richard W. Heard, and Rita Vargas. Cumaceans / Iorgu Petrescu [and others]. Tanaidaceans / Richard W. Heard, Odalisca Breedy, and Rita Vargas. Isopods / Richard C. Brusca and Ingo S. Wehrtmann. Gammaridean amphipods / John M. Foster [and others]. Hyperiid amphipods / Rebeca Gasca. Barnacles / Robert Van Syoc. Copepods / Álvaro Morales-Ramírez and Eduardo Suárez-Morales. Sea-spiders / Roger N. Bamber. Marine insects / Monika Springer. Chitons / Enrico Schwabe and Ingo S. Wehrtmann. Benthic, shelled gastropods / Leonora Rodríguez-Sevilla, Rita Vargas, and Jorge Cortés. Pelagic gastropods / Eduardo Suárez-Morales, Rebeca Gasca, and Iván Castellanos. Benthic opisthobranchs / Yolanda E. Camacho-García. Bivalves / Julio A. Magaña-Cubillo and José Espinosa. Squids and octopuses / Frederick G. Hochberg and Yolanda E. Camacho-García. Phoronids / Christian C. Emig. Bryozoans / Jorge Cortés, Vanessa Nielsen, and Amalia Herrera-Cubilla. Brachiopods / Christian C. Emig. Echinoderms / Juan José Alvarado and Jorge Cortés. Chaetognaths or arrow worms / Eduardo Suárez-Morales, Rosa Ma. Hernández-Flores, and Álvaro Morales-Ramírez. Appendicularians (Urochordata) / Iván A. Castellanos, Álvaro Morales-Ramírez, and Eduardo Suárez-Morales. Marine fish / William A. Bussing and Myrna López. Marine reptiles and amphibians / Mahmood Sasa, Gerardo A. Chaves, and Lisa D. Patrick. Birds in coastal and marine environments / Gilbert Barrantes and Johel Chaves-Campos. Marine mammals / Laura May-Collado. Other taxonomic groups (fungi, kinorhynchs, invertebrate chordates) / Jorge Cortés. Marine fish parasites / Jorge Cortés. Sea turtle parasites / Mario Santoro and Simonetta Mattiucci -- Marine biodiversity of Costa Rica : perspectives and conclusions / Ingo S. Wehrtmann, Jorge Cortés, and Silvia Echeverría-Sáenz
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Marine biodiversity -- Central America.
Marine biodiversity -- Costa Rica.
Form Electronic book
Author Cortés, Jorge, 1955-
Wehrtmann, Ingo S.
LC no. 2008931008
ISBN 1402082789