Selected Methods for Monitoring Physical and Biological Parameters for Use in the Mesoamerican Region: Fishes Checklist

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The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (MBRS), extending from Isla Contoy on the north of the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay Islands of Honduras, includes the second longest barrier reef in the world. It is approximately 1,000 km long and spans over four countries and two trans-boundary areas: Chetumal Bay, between Belize and Mexico; and the Gulf of Honduras, between Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. The MBRS is unique in the Western Hemisphere due to its length, composition of reef types, and diverse assemblage of corals and related species. The MBRS contributes to the stabilization and protection of coastal landscapes, maintenance of coastal water quality, and serves as breeding and feeding grounds for marine mammals, reptiles, fish and invertebrates, many of which are of commercial importance. The MBRS is also of immense socioeconomic significance providing employment and a source of income to an estimated one million people living in adjacent coastal areas.

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Villela P, Sale P, Gold-Bouchot G, Kjerfve B, Earl C (2023). Selected Methods for Monitoring Physical and Biological Parameters for Use in the Mesoamerican Region: Fishes Checklist. Version 2.0. OBIS Secretariat. Occurrence dataset. https://doi.org/10.25607/giyrkr


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P.C. Villela
  • Originator
Peter Sale
  • Originator
Gerardo Gold-Bouchot
  • Originator
Björn Kjerfve
  • Originator
Chandra Earl
  • Metadata Provider
  • Processor
eDNA Scientific Officer
OBIS Secretariat
  • Point Of Contact

Geographic Coverage

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve

Bounding Coordinates South West [16.074, -88.355], North East [18.199, -87.489]

Taxonomic Coverage


Superclass Agnatha
Unranked Chondrichthyes, Osteichthyes

Sampling Methods

No Description available

Method step description:

  1. See Github Project and R Notebook for dataset construction methods

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Villela, P.C. & Sale, Peter & Gold-Bouchot, Gerardo & Kjerfve, Björn. (2003). MESOAMERICAN BARRIER REEF SYSTEMS PROJECT: MANUAL OF METHODS FOR THE MBRS SYNOPTIC MONITORING PROGRAM. Selected Methods for Monitoring Physical and Biological Parameters for Use in the Mesoamerican Region.

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Purpose These data were made accessible through UNESCO's eDNA Expeditions project to mobilize available marine species and occurrence datasets from World Heritage Sites.
Alternative Identifiers 10.25607/giyrkr