BIO outline - I. Describe the diversity of life forms found...

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I. Describe the diversity of life forms found in the area. The Belize Barrier Reef is home to a large diversity of plants and animals, making it one of the most diverse ecosystems of the world: a. 70 hard coral species b. 36 soft coral species c. 500 species of fish d.hundreds of invertebrate species, including sponges A. With 90 percent of the reef still needing to be researched, it is estimated that only 10 percent of all species have been discovered. 1. The area is a significant habitat for threatened species, including marine turtles, manatees, and the American marine crocodile. Dolphins are also found. www.newworldencyclopedia.org II. Describe the biological interrelationships among the life forms in the area. A. These reefs are some of the most biological diverse reef systems in Belize. Because they provide an interdependent home for hundreds of fish, hard and soft corals, crabs, lobsters, sea turtle and a myriad of other marine life. 1. Maintenance of such biodiversity within reef ecosystems is essential to their health.
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This note was uploaded on 04/26/2011 for the course SCI 125 SCI 125 taught by Professor Ernest during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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BIO outline - I. Describe the diversity of life forms found...

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