This book, 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 book should stimulate marine research in the region, and will be an asset for students, researchers, and decision making concerning conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal areas.
PART I The Marine Realm of Costa Rica -- Diversity of Marine Habitats Jorge Cortes & Ingo S. Wehrtmann PART II A history of marine biodiversity scientific research in Costa Rica Jorge Cortes PART III Marine Fossils Teresita Aguilar PART IV Taxonomic groups Chapter 1. Phytoplankton - Roxana Viquez & Paul E. Hargraves Chapter 2 Marine benthic algae - Andrea Bernecker Chapter 3. Seagrasses -Jorge Cortes & Eva Salas Chapter 4 Mangroves - Ana Margarita Silva-Benavides Chapter 5 Foraminifera - Jorge Cortes, Claudia Mora-Baumgartner & Vanessa Nielsen Chapter 6 Sponges - Jorge Cortes, Noam van der Hal, R.W.M. van Soest Chapter 7 Hydrozoa, Scyphozoa and Cubozoa (Medusozoa) - Karina Rodriguez & Lourdes Segura-Puertas Chapter 8 Siphonophores - Karina Rodriguez & Rebeca Gasca Chapter 9. Zoanthids, sea anemones and corallimorpharians - Jorge Cortes Chapter 10 Octocorals - Odalisca Breedy Chapter 11 Stony corals - Jorge Cortes Chapter 12 Sipunculans - Jose A. Vargas & Harlan K. Dean Chapter 13 Polychaetes and echiurans - Harlan K. Dean Chapter 14 Stomatopods - Rita Vargas Chapter 15 Euphausids - Ivan Castellanos, Eduardo Suarez-Morales & lvaro Morales-Ramirez Chapter 16 Decapod crustaceans- Rita Vargas & Ingo S. Wehrtmann Chapter 17 Shallow water mysids - W. Wayne Price, Richard W. Heard and Rita Vargas Chapter 18 Cumaceans - Iorgu Petrescu, Richard W. Heard, Rita Vargas & Odalisca Breedy Chapter 19 Tanaidaceans - Richard W. Heard, Odalisca Breedy & Rita Vargas Chapter 20 Isopods - Richard Brusca & Ingo S. Wehrtmann Chapter 21 Gammaridean amphipods - John M. Foster, Sara E. LeCroy, Richard W. Heard and Rita Vargas Chapter 22 Hyperiid amphipods - Rebeca Gasca Chapter 23 Barnacles - Robert von Syoc Chapter 24 Copepods - lvaro Morales-Ramirez & Eduardo Suarez-Morales Chapter 25 Sea-spiders - Roger N. Bamber Chapter 26 Marine insects - Monika Springer Chapter 27 Chitons - Enrico Schwabe & Ingo S. Wehrtmann Chapter 28 Benthic, shelled gastropods - Leonora Rodriguez, Rita Vargas & Jorge Cortes Chapter 29 Pelagic gastropods - Eduardo Suarez-Morales, Rebeca Gasca & Ivan Castellanos Chapter 30 Benthic opisthobranchs - Yolanda E. Camacho-Garcia Chapter 31 Bivalves - Julio Magana-Cubillo & Jose Espinosa Chapter 32 Squids and octopuses - F.G. Hochberg & Yolanda E. Camacho-Garcia Chapter 33 Phoronids - Christian C. Emig Chapter 34 Bryozoans - Jorge Cortes, Vanessa Nielsen & Amalia Herrera-Cubilla Chapter 35 Brachiopods - Christian C. Emig Chapter 36 Echinoderms - Juan Jose Alvarado & Jorge Cortes Chapter 37 Chaetognaths or arrow worms - Eduardo Suarez-Morales, Rosa Ma. Hernandez-Flores & lvaro Morales-Ramirez Chapter 38 Appendicularians (Urochordata) - Ivan Castellanos, lvaro Morales-Ramirez & Eduardo Suarez-Morales Chapter 39 Marine fish - William A. Bussing & Myrna Lopez Chapter 40 Marine reptiles and amphibians - Mahmood Sasa, Gerardo A. Chaves & Lisa D. Patrick Chapter 41 Birds in coastal and marine environments - Gilbert Barrantes & Johel Chaves-Campos Chapter 42 Marine mammals - Laura May-Collado Chapter 43 Other taxonomic groups Fungi, kinorhynchs, invertebrate chordates - Jorge Cortes Chapter 44 Marine fish parasites - Jorge Cortes Chapter 45 Sea turtle parasites - Mario Santero & Simonetta Mattiucci PART V. Marine Biodiversity of Costa Rica: Perspectives and Conclusions - Ingo S. Wehrtmann, Jorge Cortes & Silvia Echeverria
From the reviews: "This book and its accompanying CD-ROM provide a good summary of the marine organisms of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Costa Rica. ! The CD-ROM is a single large PDF file of tables listing all of the area's known species ! . a useful resource for anyone interested in the marine life of Central America, and does a good job of highlighting the areas where research efforts should be concentrated. Summing Up: Recommended. All professional and academic libraries, lower-division undergraduates and above." (G. C. Jensen, Choice, Vol. 46 (11), July, 2009)
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 Cortes: 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