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
    16. W. Wayne Price, Richard W. Heard, Rita Vargas
      Pages 229-236
    17. Iorgu Petrescu, Richard W. Heard, Rita Vargas, Odalisca Breedy
      Pages 237-244
    18. Richard W. Heard, Odalisca Breedy, Rita Vargas
      Pages 245-256
    19. Richard C. Brusca, Ingo S. Wehrtmann
      Pages 257-264
    20. John M. Foster, Sara E. LeCroy, Richard W. Heard, Rita Vargas
      Pages 265-274
    21. Rebeca Gasca
      Pages 275-282
    22. Robert Van Syoc
      Pages 283-289
    23. Álvaro Morales-Ramírez, Eduardo Suárez-Morales
      Pages 291-305
    24. Roger N. Bamber
      Pages 307-311
    25. Monika Springer
      Pages 313-322
    26. Enrico Schwabe, Ingo S. Wehrtmann
      Pages 323-331
    27. Rodríguez-Sevilla Leonora, Vargas Rita, Cortés Jorge
      Pages 333-356
    28. Eduardo Suárez-Morales, Rebeca Gasca, Iván Castellanos
      Pages 357-369
    29. Yolanda E. Camacho-García
      Pages 371-386
    30. Julio A. Magaña, José Espinosa
      Pages 387-398
    31. Frederick G. Hochberg, Yolanda E. Camacho-García
      Pages 399-407
    32. Christian C. Emig
      Pages 409-411
    33. Jorge Cortés, Vanessa Nielsen, Amalia Herrera-Cubilla
      Pages 413-416
    34. Christian C. Emig
      Pages 417-420
    35. Juan José Alvarado, Jorge Cortés
      Pages 421-433
    36. Eduardo Suárez-Morales, Rosa Ma. Hernández-Flores, Álvaro Morales-Ramírez
      Pages 435-443
    37. Iván A. Castellanos, Álvaro Morales-Ramírez, Eduardo Suárez-Morales
      Pages 445-452
    38. William A. Bussing, Myrna López
      Pages 453-458
    39. Mahmood Sasa, Gerardo A. Chaves, Lisa D. Patrick
      Pages 459-468
    40. Gilbert Barrantes, Johel Chaves-Campos
      Pages 469-478
    41. Laura May-Collado
      Pages 479-495
    42. Jorge Cortés
      Pages 501-505
    43. Mario Santoro, Simonetta Mattiucci
      Pages 507-519
    1. Ingo S. Wehrtmann, Jorge Cortés, Silvia Echeverría-Sáenz
      Pages 521-533

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

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