[Coral-List] Book research: Species of Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary

David M. Lawrence dave at fuzzo.com
Thu Aug 20 04:50:02 EDT 2009

Dear all:

I am conducting research for a book proposal on ocean conservation, with 
a special emphasis on Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary in the Florida 

Much of the narrative will focus on the life of the reef over the course 
of a year. My challenge, however, is to find characters (species) and 
story lines to focus on during the course of a typical year on the reef.

I have compiled a list of about 900 species that have been identified as 
present in and around Looe Key Reef. I compiled my initial lists from 
Bohnsack et al., 2002, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration 1980. Higher level taxonomy follows the Integrated 
Taxonomic Information System (ITIS), while revisions to the Bohnsack and 
NOAA species lists were made according to information in ITIS, the World 
Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), AlgaeBase, the World Porifera 
Database, and Richards 2004.

I would appreciate your help in checking my list for errors, and in 
suggesting candidates that have been studied enough, preferably in Looe 
Key specifically, but at least from elsewhere in the Keys or the 
surrounding region, for me to find sufficient material for a narrative 
description of the reef's ecology.  The full list is available at: 

Thank ya'll for any help you can provide.


Bohnsack, James A., Adriana Y. Cantillo, and Maria J. Bello, eds. 2002. 
Resource Survey of Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary 1983. Silver 
Spring, MD: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, Coastal and Estuarine Data Archaeology and 
Rescue Program.

Guiry, M.D., and G.M. Guiry. 2009. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic 
publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. 
http://www.algaebase.org (Last accessed on 19 August 2009).

National Museum of Natural History. 2009. Integrated Taxonomic 
Information System (ITIS). http://www.itis.gov (Last accessed 19 August 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 1980. Final 
environmental impact statement prepared for the proposed Looe Key 
National Marine Sanctuary. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Coastal Zone 

Richards, Benjamin. 2004. Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Species 
List. http://floridakeys.noaa.gov/sanctuary_resources/specieslist.pdf 
(Last accessed on 19 August 2009).

Society for the Management of Electronic Biodiversity Data. 2009. The 
World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). http://www.marinespecies.org 
(Last accessed on 19 August 2009)

Van Soest, R.W.M, N. Boury-Esnault, J.N.A. Hooper, K. Rützler, N.J. de 
Voogd, B. Alvarez, E. Hajdu, A.B. Pisera, J. Vacelet, R. Manconi, C. 
Schoenberg, D. Janussen, K.R. Tabachnick, M. Klautau. 2008. World 
Porifera database. http://www.marinespecies.org/porifera (Last accessed 
on 19 August 2009).

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