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Free Content The ascidian fauna of Port Royal, Jamaica I. Harbor and mangrove dwelling species

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The near-shore environment of Port Royal, Jamaica and its adjacent mangrove ponds is described. Thirty-nine species of ascidian in 23 genera are listed as occurring in this area and brief notes and descriptions of their distribution and habitat preferences are provided. This fauna is compared with that occurring in other localities and it is concluded that the ascidian fauna of Port Royal is representative of faunal communities occurring in near-shore lagoonal environments in the Caribbean. The need to conserve Port Royal's biological heritage is addressed.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2003

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