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Hierarchical spatial patterns in Caribbean reef benthic assemblages
Aim: Coral assemblages on Caribbean reefs have largely been considered to be biogeographically homogeneous at a regional scale. We reassess this in three taxa (corals, sponges and octocorals) using three community attributes ...
A revision of the genus Muricea Lamouroux, 1821 (Anthozoa, Octocorallia) in the eastern Pacific. Part I: Eumuricea Verrill, 1869 revisited
Muricea is an amphi-American genus. Verrill proposed dividing the species from the Pacific Ocean into three genera and established the genus Eumuricea for five eastern Pacific species with tubular calyces. Eumuricea is ...
Upwelling Increases Net Primary Production of Corals and Reef-Wide Gross Primary Production Along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica
Photosynthetic production is a key ecosystem service provided by tropical coral reefs, but knowledge about the contribution of corals and other reef-associated organisms and the controlling environmental factors is scarce. ...
Marine Biodiversity in the Caribbean: Regional Estimates and Distribution Patterns
This paper provides an analysis of the distribution patterns of marine biodiversity and summarizes the major activities of the Census of Marine Life program in the Caribbean region. The coastal Caribbean region is a large ...
Intra- and inter-annual variation in a seagrass meadow on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica: 2009-2015
Variación intra e inter anual en una pradera de pastos marinos en la costa caribeña de Costa Rica: 2009-2015
Seagrass beds are an important ecosystem on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. At Cahuita National Park (CNP) a seagrass bed at Perezoso has been monitored continually since 1999 within the CARICOMP program. Thalassia ...
Marine biodiversity baseline for Área de Conservación Guanacaste, Costa Rica: published records
The diversity of tropical marine organisms has not been studied as intensively as the terrestrial biota worldwide. Additionally, marine biodiversity research in the tropics lags behind other regions. The 43,000 ha Sector ...
Widespread local chronic stressors in Caribbean coastal habitats
Coastal ecosystems and the livelihoods they support are threatened by stressors acting at global and local scales. Here we used the data produced by the Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity program (CARICOMP), the longest, ...
Caribbean-Wide, Long-Term Study of Seagrass Beds Reveals Local Variations, Shifts in Community Structure and Occasional Collapse
The CARICOMP monitoring network gathered standardized data from 52 seagrass sampling stations at 22 sites (mostly Thalassia testudinum-dominated beds in reef systems) across the Wider Caribbean twice a year over the period ...
Global Human Footprint on the Linkage between Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in Reef Fishes
Difficulties in scaling up theoretical and experimental results have raised controversy over the consequences of biodiversity loss for the functioning of natural ecosystems. Using a global survey of reef fish assemblages, ...
Desarrollo costero y ambientes marino-costeros en Bahía Culebra, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Coastal development and marine ecosystems in Culebra Bay, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Bahía Culebra ha experimentado un proceso acelerado de desarrollo costero desde la implementación del proyecto Polo Turístico Golfo de Papagayo. Este trabajo analiza el cambio temporal en el estado de salud sus ecosistemas ...