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Journal Article
Author, Analytic
Goodbody, Ivan
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Life Sciences
Article Title
Diversity and distribution of ascidians (Tunicata) in the Pelican Cays, Belize
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Atoll Research Bulletin
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Date of Publication
2000
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Issue ID
480
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301-33
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Abstract
The Pelican Cays at the southern end of the Belize Barrier Reef, Central America, have a rich ascidian fauna. Seventy species in thirty genera, primarily from mangrove ponds and coral ridges, are recorded here. This number of species represents 60% of all known shallow-water ascidians in the Caribbean. The inventory includes two species normally associated with the Indo-Pacific region, Diplosoma virens and Botrylloides perspicuum. The principal habitat of each species in the Pelican Cays and the general ecology of the ascidian fauna are also discussed.....
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