Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Life Sciences
Diversity and distribution of ascidians (Tunicata) in the Pelican Cays, Belize
Atoll Research Bulletin
Date of Publication
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.....