|Contribution of Hispabiota Marina Project to the Biogeographic Information System of the Oceans: OBIS. I. Echinoderms from Hispaniola|
Herrera-Moreno, A. (2014). Contribution of Hispabiota Marina Project to the Biogeographic Information System of the Oceans: OBIS. I. Echinoderms from Hispaniola. Reportes de Biodiversidad del Programa Ecomar 1: 1-7
In: Reportes de Biodiversidad del Programa Ecomar. Programa EcoMar: Santo Domingo, more
OBIS, Hispabiota Marina, echinoderms, Hispaniola
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The database of echinoderms of the Project Hispabiota Marina was analyzed in order to find species with appropriate data to be incorporated in the Biogeographic Information System of the Oceans (OBIS). For Haiti, 79 species of echinoderms are known but only 24 are present in OBIS. The present paper proposes the addition of 30 species, increasing to 54 the number of echinoderms Haitian species on the basis of OBIS. For Dominican Republic, 122 species of echinoderms are known but only 63 are present in OBIS. The number of Dominican echinoderms on the basis of OBIS increases to 72 with the addition of 9 species in the present paper. These new reports increase the insular species richness in OBIS and extend the range of distribution of the echinofauna with new locations, highlighting the potential of Hispabiota Marina to enrich the bases of OBIS with new data from Hispaniola Island. The dissemination of these inventories through OBIS will provide key information for the National Strategies of Biodiversity in Dominican Republic and Haiti to the Convention of Biological Diversity, and will offer to the scientific community updated marine biodiversity information for future taxonomic, ecological and zoogeographical researches.