SEAGRASSES AND MANGROVES IN GOLFO DULCE

Although seagrasses are rare along the Pacific coast of Central America, large meadows can be found in Golfo Dulce. An area of Halophila baillonii was recently reported (Samper-Villarreal et al. 2014). In the upper reaches of the inlet, a large bed of seagrass consisting of H. baillonis and a filamentous species, possibly Halodule beaudettei, supports hundreds of Pacific green sea turtles (Bessesen & Saborío-R 2012; see SEA TURTLES). Mangroves (Samper-Villarreal & Silva-Benavides 2015) provide critical habitat for many species in Golfo Dulce (Feutry et al. 2010; see FISHES).


Peer-reviewed

Samper-Villarreal, J., A. Bourg, J.A. Sibaja-Cordero, and J. Cortés. 2014. Presence of a Halophila baillonii Asch. (Hydrocharitaceae) Seagrass Meadow and Associated Macrofauna on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Pacific Science 68:435-444. [link]

Samper-Villarreal, J., and A.M. Silva-Benavides. 2015. Complejidad estructural de los manglares de Playa Blanca, Escondido y Rincón de Osa, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica. Revista de Biología Tropical 63(Supl.1):199-208. [link not yet available]