Caribbean marine biodiversity

Pseudopontonides principis on black coral

The Caribbean marine flora and fauna is well represented in the scientific collections of Naturalis because of many field studies performed by Dutch scientists.

Photograph: The symbiotic shrimp Pseudopontonides principis (Criales, 1980) on black coral. Curaçao, photo C.H.J.M. Fransen, 2013.

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Three workers in the group have a focus on this area researching marine invertebrates. Aspects of coral reef health are researched through associations between host corals and invertebrate symbionts; species communities through discovery of new species, new localities and identification of invasive species;; and subterranean island fauna evolution through interstitial invertebrates in marine sand and terrestrial groundwater.

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