MARINE ORGANISMS
OF RÍA LAGARTOS BIOSPHERE RESERVE
Yucatán, México

The Gulf of Mexico just north of Río Lagartos
The Gulf of Mexico at the exit of the canal across the estuary from Río Lagartos.
 SHORTCUTS TO IMPORTANT GROUPS: 
  ALGAE | ARTHROPODS | FISH | MOLLUSKS/ SEASHELLS | SEAGRASSES | MISC. | IDENTIFICATION ON THE INTERNET  

Characteristic aquatic plants, algae and plant-like organisms in the Gulf of Mexico along the Reserve's northern shore:

"SEAGRASSES"

animals that might look like algae

ALGAE:

NOTE ON ALGAE: For an extensive look at alga along the Yucatan coast, see G Morales y I Ortegón, Distribución de la flora ficológica en la Costa de Yucatán in 3er Simposium sobre el Conocimiento de los Recursos Costeros del Sureste del México, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán. Mayo 29, 2013-Mayo 30, 2013.

That document finds the dominant species to be Caulerpa sertularioides, present in 45% of collecting sites; then Caulerpa prolifera in 36%, and Canistrocarpus cervicornis, Caulerpa ashmeadii, C. cupressoides in 32%. of the sites.

Characteristic aquatic animals in the estuary in the Gulf of Mexico along the Reserve's northern shore:

FISH

ARTHROPODS

MOLLUSKS/ SEASHELLS

MISC.

IDENTIFICATION ON THE INTERNET

SHELLS: Many kinds of Caribbean seashells are identified at iLoveShelling.Com. Also check out Seashells.Org. If you know what taxonomic class and family your shell probably belongs to, check out the extensive Idscaro.Net website with shells worldwide.

FISH: ID fish seen while snorkeling at Snorkelstj.Com. ID reef fish at ReefGuide.Org and Reef.Org Find pictures of fish for which you already have the name at RodnReel.com.

SPONGES: At http://www.spongeguide.org you can identify Caribbean sponges by searching an image database on the sponge's color, consistency and morphology