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.
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.
Who do wework with?
On this project we work together with six Caribbean organisations:
- Substation Curacao
- Caribbean Netherlands Science Centre op St. Eustatius
- St. Eustatius National Parks (STENAPA) op St Eustatius
- Nature Foundation St. Maarten op St Maarten
- Stichting Nationale Parken Bonaire (STINAPA) on Bonaire
- Carmabi Marine Research Station op Curaçao
- Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance
We also collaborate with: