Marine Biodiversity of Costa Rica, Central America

  • Ingo S. Wehrtmann
  • Jorge Cortés

Part of the Monographiae Biologicae book series (MOBI, volume 86)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
    1. Teresita Aguilar
      Pages 81-94
  2. Taxonomic Groups

    1. Roxana Víquez, Paul E. Hargraves
      Pages 97-108
    2. Andrea Bernecker
      Pages 109-117
    3. Jorge Cortés, Eva Salas
      Pages 119-122
    4. Ana Margarita Silva-Benavides
      Pages 123-130
    5. Jorge Cortés, Claudia Mora-Baumgartner, Vanessa Nielsen
      Pages 131-135
    6. Jorge Cortés, Noam Van Der Hal, R. W. M. Van Soest
      Pages 137-142
    7. Karina Rodríguez-Sáenz, Lourdes Segura-Puertas†
      Pages 143-149
    8. Karina Rodríguez-Sáenz, Rebeca Gasca
      Pages 151-156
    9. Odalisca Breedy
      Pages 161-167
    10. Jorge Cortés
      Pages 169-173
    11. José A. Vargas, Harlan K. Dean
      Pages 175-180
    12. Harlan K. Dean
      Pages 181-191
    13. Rita Vargas
      Pages 193-197
    14. Iván Castellanos, Eduardo Suárez-Morales, Álvaro Álvaro Morales-Ramírez
      Pages 199-207
    15. Rita Vargas, Ingo S. Wehrtmann
      Pages 209-228

About this book


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


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

Editors and affiliations

  • Ingo S. Wehrtmann
    • 1
  • Jorge Cortés
    • 2
  1. 1.Unidad Investigación Pesquera y Acuicultura (UNIP) of the Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología (CIMAR), and Museo de Zoología, Escuela de BiologíaUniversidad de Costa RicaSan JoséCosta Rica
  2. 2.Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología (CIMAR), and Escuela de BiologíaUniversidad de Costa RicaSan JoséCosta Rica

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-8277-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-8278-8
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